Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina State Representative Joseph Neal has passed away, according to State Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.
Harrison tweeted the news late Tuesday night, saying:
Saddened & Devastated to hear our good friend & progressive champion Rep. @JosephNeal3 passed away! He will be missed by all! #RIPJoe -- @harrisonjaime
Rep. Neal was 66 years old.
Neal was a Democrat who represented District 70, which covers Richland and Sumter Counties since 1993.
Neal served as the Chairman for the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus from 2000-02. He also served on the Rules and the House Ways and Means Committee.
House Majority Leader Gary Simrill tweeted that Rep. Neal was "a gentle giant and time tested public servant."
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Chester, South Carolina.
His funeral is set for Monday at 1 p.m. at the First Nazareth Baptist Church on Gervais Street in Columbia. He will be buried at St. John Baptist Chuch in Hopkins.