Obituary: W.L. Collins

William Lawrence “W.L.” Collins Sr., 82, of Florence, died May 15, 2022, following a brief illness. A native of Culberson, N.C., he was a graduate of Truett McConnell College, West Georgia College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Baptist churches in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina during his 64 years […]

Obituary: Randy Gardner

Randy C. Gardner, 69, of Gaffney, died March 28, 2022. Born in Cowpens, he was a graduate of Gardner-Webb College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and worked as a hospice chaplain and pastoral counselor/marriage and family therapist in Gaffney and Spartanburg. Survivors […]

Obituary: Ray Allen

James Ray Allen, 87, of Pickens, died March 23, 2022. A native of Ellaville, Ga., he was a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Drew University. He served Baptist churches in the Carolinas and Georgia for 65 years, and taught at the college level for 30 years before his retirement. Survivors include […]

Obituary: Dan Sipe

John Daniel “Dan” Sipe, 77, of York, died Jan. 28, 2022. He was a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a full-time pastor in South Carolina and North Carolina and later served as a bivocational pastor for churches. His home church is Clover First Baptist. Survivors include two children and […]

Obituary: Will Manley Jr.

Wilford Clinton Manley Jr. “Will,” 87, of Beaufort, died Dec. 15, 2021. He grew up in Fort Meade, Fla., and went on to serve in the U.S. Marines and Navy. He was a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and served as pastor and as a chaplain. During the last 20 years, he and his […]

Obituary: Bobby Byrd

Robert Edward “Bobby” Byrd, 70, of Florence, died Feb. 20, 2022, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. A native of Mullins, he was a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Andersonville Seminary. He was a U.S. Army veteran who was serving as pastor of Brownsville Baptist Church, Blenheim, before his retirement for medical reasons. Prior […]

Obituary: Bobby Wallace

Bobby R. Wallace, 87, of Bishopville, died Dec. 1, 2021. Born in Lancaster, he served as pastor of several Baptist churches in North and South Carolina, including Oakhill, Lancaster; Bennettsville Second; Center Grove, Kershaw; and Oakhurst, Heath Springs, before retiring from Cedar Creek Baptist Church, Bishopville, in 2019, where he served for 40 years. Survivors […]

Obituary: Bruce Schmidt

Bruce Michael Schmidt, 66, of Landrum, died Dec. 19, 2021. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he was a graduate of Old Dominion University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in the U.S. Army before entering the ministry. He also was an International Mission Board missionary to Kenya and Uganda before […]

Obituary: Florrie Anne Lawton

Florrie Anne Lawton, 91, passed away at her home in Franklin, Tenn., on Jan. 30, following a period of declining health. She was a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board (now Lifeway) for 37 years. She is the daughter of the late J.K. and Hallie Lawton. He […]

Obituary: William Carey “Bill” Adams

William Carey “Bill” Adams, of Spartanburg, husband of the late Shirley Hicks Adams, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at the age of 84. Born in Union, he was the son of the late Ethel Johns Adams and Ernest Eugene Adams. He was a loving pastor, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and […]