Edisto Beach Mayor Burley Lyons died Wednesday, Town Hall reported.
Lyons, 80, was elected mayor in 1996, said Town Administrator Iris Hill said Thursday.
He was described as a great leader and friend of Edisto Beach. He served on Town Council for 27 years.
“It’s a great loss for Edisto Beach,” Hill said.
Lyons was considered a tireless champion for the community and was known for his work on behalf of beach renourishment. “Heaven on Earth? That would be Edisto Beach. There is absolutely nowhere else like this ‘last of the family beaches’ called Edisto,” he wrote on the town’s web page.
Parker Rhoden Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements, which had not yet been announced.