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. […]

Obituary: Edd Brown

Edd L. Brown, 94, of Greenville, denominational worker, and volunteer leader for overseas mission teams and disaster relief, died Jan. 17, 2021. Born in Texas, he enrolled at Hardin-Simmons University following his time of service in the Navy, later earning an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent most of his time in […]

Obituary: Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop, 43, of Spartanburg, died Jan. 16, 2021. A graduate of North Greenville University and Fruitland Bible College, he also worked as benefits director for Southern Design Services. He was a former youth pastor at Lake Bowen Baptist Church, Inman, and Buck Creek Baptist Church, Chesnee. Survivors include his wife, Brandi Bishop, and three […]

Fred Wolfe’s impact for the gospel remembered

Longtime pastor, mentor and Southern Baptist Convention leader Fred Wolfe died Jan. 3 due to complications caused by COVID-19. He was 83. At 70 years old in 2007, Wolfe heard God’s call for him to do something new. So he planted a church. Wolfe’s ministry up to that time had included serving as pastor in […]

Obituary: Marshall Sargent

Marshall Earl Sargent, 82, of Greenville, died Jan. 11, 2021. A native of Pendleton, he was a graduate of Anderson University, Erskine College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate from Erskine Theological Seminary. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served as pastor of Eastlan Baptist Church for 19 years […]

Obituary: Herb Garrett

Herbert C. Garrett Jr., 92, of Woodruff, died Dec. 24, 2020. A native of Woodruff, he attended The Citadel, but left a semester early to join the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He later completed his degree at Carson-Newman University and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded a doctorate by […]