Obituary: Eddy Mattison

Eddy Ray Mattison, 66, of Honea Path, died Dec. 10, 2018. Born in Anderson, he was ordained at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Belton. During his ministry, he served Beulah Baptist of Fountain Inn, Flat Shoals Baptist of Hartwell, Ga., and Poplar Springs Baptist of Iva. After retiring, he served as interim pastor at Mt. […]

Obituary: Carolyn D. Goforth

Carolyn Davis Goforth, 88, of Gaffney, wife of Baptist pastor John Goforth, died Dec. 10, 2018. The Goforths began serving in ministry together in the late 1960s. She taught Sunday school, worked in the WMU, sang in the choir, and sometimes directed the choir. She sang at many weddings and funerals. Survivors include her husband […]

Obituary: Bernice C. Debruhl

Bernice Currie Debruhl, 85, of Cassatt, wife of the late Pete Debruhl, a longtime pastor in South Carolina, died Dec. 21, 2018. Born in Camden, she served with her husband at the following South Carolina Baptist churches: Beaverdam, Harmony, Calvary, Socastee, Oakey Swamp and Galivants Ferry. Survivors include two children, seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. […]

Obituary: Jimmy A. Cox

Jimmy Aiken Cox, 77, of Pendleton, died Dec. 12, 2018. A native of Seneca, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Upon earning a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as a minister, retiring as pastor of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in Pendleton. Following retirement, he served as pastor of Davis […]

Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Jan. 14 at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79. Smith’s election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979. […]

Obituary: Joseph W. Smith Jr.

Joseph Wilson Smith Jr., 80, of Union, died Dec. 7, 2018. Born in Union, he was a graduate of North Greenville College and Furman University. He received a master of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. Smith served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Union, […]

Obituary: Virginia Faucette

Virginia Ann Henderson Faucette, of Laurens, wife of retired pastor Thomas T. Faucette, died Nov. 6, 2018, at Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens. She was a graduate of Lander University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She served with the North American Baptist Mission Board in the Bayou section of Louisiana and at Rachel Sims […]

Obituary: Spencer Legrand Sr.

Thomas “Spencer” LeGrand Sr., 84, of Greenville, died Sept. 25, 2018. A native of Lee County, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a pastor in North Carolina and Virginia before being called to East Park Baptist Church in Greenville, where the majority of his ministry was […]

Obituary: Kenneth Kirkland

Kenneth Wayne Kirkland, 54, of Aiken, died Sept. 15, 2018. He served five years as missions director for Impact Ministries International and was associate pastor of Impact Ministries Cowboy Church for two years. He also was self-employed as a contractor in construction for 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Ashley Hucks Kirkland, two sons, two […]

Obituary: Harold Norman Kirkland

Harold Norman Kirkland, 87, of Sumter, died Sept. 27, 2018.  Born in Allendale County, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His pastorates included First Baptist Church of Wagener and First Baptist Church of Sumter. Survivors include his wife, Uldine Shockley Kirkland, three children and four grandchildren. He was predeceased […]