Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

Obituary: Bruce A. Hall

Bruce A. Hall, 87, who served Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pamplico for almost 40 years, died May 26, 2014. A native of Conway, Hall was born on Sept. 17, 1926. He was a graduate of North Greenville University and Furman University, and earned a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in […]

Obituary: Esther Tye Perkins

Esther Tye Perkins, 92, wife of the late Charles G. Perkins Sr., longtime pastor in South Carolina, died May 23, 2014. Born in Eufaula, Ala., she was a daughter of the late James H. and Florence Whitaker Tye. In 1983, she became the first woman pastor of a Southern Baptist church in South Carolina, and […]

Obituary: Shirley Faye Hopkins Archer

Shirley Faye Hopkins Archer, 71, of Moncks Corner, died May 12, 2014. She was the wife of retired pastor William E. “Bill” Archer for more than 53 years. Born in Abbeville in 1942, she often served as WMU director and Sunday school teacher. She was a pianist and organist for much of her life and […]

Obituary: Bernett Waitt

Bernett Monroe Waitt, 85, of Summerville, a minister for 58 years, died March 31, 2014. Born Feb. 11, 1929, in Winnsboro, he graduated from Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His South Carolina Baptist pastorates included Antioch, Red Hill, and Republican churches in Edgefield; Reevesville Church in Reevesville; and First Church of Timmonsville. He […]

Obituary: Judith “Judy” Cherry Smith

Judith “Judy” Cherry Smith, 59, wife of Lander University Baptist collegiate minister Scott Smith, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood. She was a graduate of Campbell University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Surviving family in addition to her husband include her daughter, Cherry Lynne Smith; son, Charles Thomas Smith, […]

Obituary: Richard E. Bailey

Richard E. Bailey, a retired Baptist pastor and educator from Hartsville, died April 13, 2014. Born in Alamance County, N.C., he received degrees from Elon College, Luther Rice Seminary and Southeastern Seminary. He began preaching at the age of 15 and retired as pastor of North Hartsville Baptist Church after more than 37 years of […]

Obituary: William “Bill” Fletcher Bishop Jr.

William “Bill” Fletcher Bishop Jr., 77, of Leesville, a former staff member with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died April 30, 2014. He graduated from Chester High School, North Greenville Junior College and Furman University. He received a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from Charleston Southern […]

Obituary: Hampton Irvin Perry

Hampton Irvin Perry, 85, of Andrews, died Feb. 13, 2014. Born April 12, 1928, in Cedar Springs, Ga., he served two years at Bethesda Naval Hospital during World War II. He later graduated from Furman University. Perry attended Southeastern Seminary and served as pastor of many Southern Baptist churches in South Carolina during a 55-year […]

Obituary: John William “Preacher Bill” Ellison

John William “Preacher Bill” Ellison, 73, of Williamston, died Feb. 15, 2014. Born March 21, 1940, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 50 years, having served Friendship Baptist Church, Abbeville, for 18 years, Bountyland Baptist Church, Seneca, for 19 years and in 15 interim positions since 2000. He was active in Beaverdam Association, having […]