40 years, 4 continents: IMB’s Harthcock dies at 97

“I’ll retire when the devil retires.” Gary Harthcock faithfully lived out his famous words on four continents and in multiple avenues of service. Friends recalled Harthcock’s watchword upon his death Jan. 5 at age 97 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. “That quote was taped to his desk, and he told me he read it every […]

Obituary: Robert G. Norris Jr.

Robert G. Norris Jr., 79, of Anderson, died Nov. 28, 2016. A native of Anderson, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas for 42 years. After retirement, he worked for Anderson County Solid Waste. He was associate pastor at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Anderson, where he was also […]

Obituary: Joel P. Jenkins Sr.

Joel P. Jenkins Sr., 90, of Piedmont, died Nov. 13, 2016. Born in Greenville, he was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Southeastern and Erskine seminaries and was a graduate of Furman University. He pastored Baptist churches in North and South Carolina […]

Obituary: Billy Metters

William Kenneth “Billy” Metters Sr., 86, of Asheboro, N.C., died Dec. 12, 2016. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, he retired from the ministry after serving for three decades as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Spartanburg. He also served churches in North Carolina during his 50 years of ministry. Survivors include his wife […]

Obituary: George J. White 

George Jefferson White, 84, of Anderson, a retired minister, died Oct. 16, 2016. Born in Columbus, Ga., he was a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Georgetown College. He attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Th.M. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches for 50 years in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, […]

Obituary: Homer L. Stewart

Homer Leroy Stewart, 88, of Six Mile, a retired pastor, died Oct. 27, 2016 at AnMed Health in Anderson. Born in Six Mile, he was a member of Six Mile Baptist Church and was a U.S. Navy SeaBees veteran of the Korean War era. He served numerous churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and New […]

Obituary: Don Carr

Donald Paul Carr Sr., 86, of Inman, a retired minister, died Nov. 8, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. A native of Bangor, Maine, he served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, as a pastor, and had a business of his own for a time. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cantrell Carr, three children, […]

Obituary: M.B. Morrow Jr.

Maurice Bernard “Bobby” Morrow Jr., 87, of Gaffney, died Oct. 25, 2016. Morrow graduated from Furman University in 1951 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1956. He graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 1959. He served seven pastorates during his ministry, including congregations in Indiana and […]

Obituary: Ray Batson

Joseph Ray Batson, 90, of Suwanee, Ga., died Sept. 3, 2016. Born July 3, 1926, in Sumter County, S.C., he graduated from North Greenville College, Carson Newman College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His early years in the ministry were spent serving churches in South Carolina. Later, he served as director of missions for Spartanburg […]

Obituary: William F. West Jr.

William F. West Jr., of Laurens, a retired minister and English professor, died Aug. 5, 2016. He was ordained into the ministry upon graduation in 1944 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Throughout his lifetime, he served as a full-time pastor and later as interim pastor in five southern states. In 1962, he joined the faculty […]