WMU leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler dies at 84

Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler’s desire to dedicate herself to Christian service is one that lasted until the day of her death on Jan. 2. Her joyful spirit and cheerful attitude will be sorely missed by those who knew her. She served as executive director of national WMU from 1974 to 1989. Mattie Carolyn Weatherford was born […]

Obituary: Sim Smith

Sim Smith, 78, of Sumter, died Nov. 15, 2014. Born in Kershaw County, he was ordained at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. He attended Mars Hill Baptist College, the University of South Carolina and Coker College. Smith preached and pastored for more than 63 years. He led nearly 150 revivals across Tennessee, North Carolina and […]

Obituary: Earl Wyman Satcher

Earl Wyman Satcher, 93, of Warrenville, died Dec. 7, 2014. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, supplying in several churches in the Aiken County area. He was pastor of Southside Baptist Church when members built their current sanctuary and later retired from Mt. Beulah Baptist […]

Obituary: Joseph Seay

Joseph Daniel Seay Sr., 94, of Greenville, died Aug. 16, 2014. Born in Oconee County, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 55 years. He served four churches in 30 years, including Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville and Edgewood Baptist Church in Greer. He also held pastorates in North Carolina. He was a graduate of […]

Obituary: Clarence Freeman

Clarence Larry Freeman, 84, of Taylors, died July 18, 2014. Born in Pickens, he was pastor of nine churches and 16 interims. He was a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and served on the SCBC General Board (now Executive Board). He graduated from North Greenville College, Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological […]

Obituary: Gerald McKay

A. Gerald McKay, 81, of Timmonsville, died Sept. 28, 2014. He was a graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. McKay was ordained into the ministry in 1966 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence. His pastoral calling took him and his family to several churches during his tenure as a Southern Baptist minister. […]

Obituary: Jim Blanton

James Eugene Blanton, 75, of Anderson, died Sept. 11, 2014. Born on Sept. 8, 1939, in Spartanburg, he was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church in Anderson, a counselor for Anderson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, a tennis pro […]

Obituary: Gladys Bryant

Gladys Eugenia “Hap” Bryant, 91, an Anderson native, died Sept. 7, 2014. After retiring as professor of history and political science at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., she served as a missionary in Japan for six years and in China for more than nine years before becoming ill. She was a graduate of Furman University, […]

Obituary: Carl Wesley Pointer

Carl Wesley Pointer, 88, of Seneca, died Aug. 11, 2014. A native of Oconee County, he was a retired Baptist pastor, having served Madison Baptist Church in Westminster, Fants Grove Baptist Church in Pendleton, Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greer, and Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He also pastored churches […]

Obituary: James E. Ellenburg

James E. Ellenburg, 86, of Pelzer, who served as a pastor and director of missions in the Upstate for most of his ministry, died Aug. 11, 2014. Born in Pickens County on Dec. 27, 1927, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1st Infantry Division) and served in World War II. Ellenburg attended North […]