HARLEYVILLE — George Pinckney Knight, formerly a Dorchester County Council chairman and vice chairman of the state Health and Human Services Finance Commission, died Saturday. He was 78.

Born Aug. 28, 1934, in Harleyville, he was the son of the late Edward Pinckney and Mary P. Pendarvis Knight. He served in the National Guard from 1952-1956 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from Clemson College in 1956.

After college, Knight taught a vocational agriculture class at Cross High School. He was a forester with West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co., a general contractor, financier, tree farmer and pulpwood broker.

He served as chairman and president of Knight Construction Co. and chairman of the board of directors for First National Bank of South Carolina.

Knight served on the Dorchester County Council from 1979 to 1986, and as chairman from 1983-86. Knight was chairman of several committees at Indian Field United Methodist Church, including the administrative board, the finance committee and the pastor-parish relations committee.

He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. Egeria Lodge No. 71 of Harleyville, Harleyville Ruritan Club, Holly Hill Lions Club, South Carolina Farm Bureau and the Exchange Club in Charleston and Summerville.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Kizer Knight, his son, George P. Knight Jr., and daughter-in-law, Debbie Weeks Knight, daughter Jacqueline Y. Knight, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Indian Field United Methodist Church in St. George. Arrangements are being handled by Bryant Funeral Home of St. George.