Derwood L. “Woody” Aydlette Jr., a member of the S.C. House of Representatives from 1980-1988, died Wednesday. He was 73.
Born Dec. 17, 1938 in Charleston, Aydlette attended Clemson University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1961 with a degree in economics. He served in the Army and National Guard reserves and worked as an insurance agent.
In 1980, Aydlette was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives. For eight years, the Republican represented the James Island and Folly Beach areas. He was vice chairman of the Charleston County House delegation and served on the House Medical, Military and Municipal Affairs Committee. He was also a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
Aydlette was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Charleston Elks Lodge, James Island Masonic Lodge, the York Rite of Masons and the Omar Shrine. He also served as a former chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
He was involved with several committees at Clemson University, including the Lettermen’s Association, Alumni Association and the Board of Visitors.
Aydlette is survived by his wife, Linda Aydlette, two daughters, Sharon Aydlette and Joni Aydlette, and two sons, Derwood Aydlette III and Tom Aydlette.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity. Arrangements are being handled by Stuhr’s West Ashley Chapel of Charleston.