Obituary: Paul Smith Sr.

Paul Montgomery Smith Sr., 84, of Lancaster, died April 27, 2021.  He attended the University of South Carolina and was a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of several South Carolina Baptist churches, including Beaver Creek, Pleasant Hill, Denny Terrace, Heath Springs, Fork Hill and Catawba. He also served as interim […]

Obituary: Don Bowick

Emmett Donald “Don” Bowick, 82, of Summerville, died April 22, 2021. A native of Charleston, he was called into the ministry at the age of 12 while attending James Island Baptist Church. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Carson-Newman College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary, where he earned […]

Obituary: Walt Brashier

T. Walter Brashier, 86, of Travelers Rest, a longtime financial supporter of North Greenville University and other institutions of higher education, died March 24, 2021. NGU’s graduate school is named in his honor. He also created several scholarships at the school, as well as endowed scholarships at Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Anderson University, Bob […]

Obituary: Jo Ellen O’Shields

Jo Ellen Rouda O’Shields, 88, of Greer, wife of longtime pastor and retired director of missions Alvin B. O’Shields, died April 12, 2021. A native of Greenville, she earned an associate degree from North Greenville University. She later served with her husband in many areas of ministry, such as Sunday school, youth, and music ministry. […]

Obituary: Larry Roberts

Larry Eldridge Roberts, 86, of Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community, Laurens, died March 16, 2021. Born in Kingsport, Tenn., he was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired minister, having served churches in both North and South Carolina. He also worked with LifeWay in Nashville, Tenn., and was a member of […]

Luis Palau, Hispanic evangelist, dies at 86

Luis Palau, 86, a Christian evangelist described by some as “the Latino Billy Graham,” died March 11 at his Portland, Ore., home. In January 2018, he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Over the past half century, the Luis Palau Association, based in Beaverton, Ore., estimates that it has reached 30 million people in 75 […]

Carman, Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies

Carman Dominic Licciardello, a Christian music legend known by his first name, died Feb. 16, 2021. He was 65. He had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications after surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, according to a press release posted on his Facebook page. Carman came to fame in the mid-1980s during the heyday of […]

Rush Limbaugh, voice of conservatism, dies

Rush Limbaugh, the bombastic radio host who shaped conservative politics for decades, died Feb. 17, 2021, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. The radio show host appealed to many Christian conservatives. He was self-described as “the intellectual engine of the conservative movement.” Limbaugh was a fierce critic of Democrats and political progressives. According […]

Obituary: George Silver

George Silver, 94, of Goldsboro, N.C., and North Greenville University’s fourth president, died Jan. 29, 2021. He was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Rutgers University, and Temple University. He was a military veteran, with active roles spanning more than 5o years. Early in his career, he served as a faculty member of several […]

Obituary: Jim Pitts

James “Jim” Milton Pitts, 83, of Travelers Rest, died Jan. 18, 2021. A native of Washington, D.C., he was a graduate of Furman University, and Southeastern and Southern Baptist theological seminaries. He served Furman University from 1967 to his retirement in 2003 as assistant chaplain, university chaplain, and professor emeritus of religion. According to Dr. […]