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 […]

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 […]