Obituary: Brenda Barnes

Brenda Jean Martin Barnes, 72, a longtime ministry assistant for Beaverdam Baptist Association, died June 18, 2018. Barnes, of West Union, served the association’s churches for 29 years. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Willie Hugh Barnes, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary: Lois Abercrombie

Henrietta Lois Alexander Abercrombie, 91, of Pickens, a pastor’s wife, died June 21, 2018. Born in Oconee County, she was the wife of Marion Luther Abercrombie Jr. She was a homemaker and a member of East Pickens Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, three children, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Obituary: Doug Thrift 

Douglas Thrift, 73, of Mayo, died June 19, 2018. He was a 1971 graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and pastored four churches, including two in South Carolina: Thorn Hill Baptist and Shamrock Baptist. He also worked for several funeral homes during his life and was a member of Casey Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include […]

Obituary: Herbert Allen O’Neal

Herbert Allen O’Neal, 86, died June 21, 2018. He served as the former pastor of Victory Baptist Church in James Island. He was a nationally awarded photographer and owned a photography studio while living in Atlanta, Ga. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Anita Hays O’Neal, a daughter, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He […]

Obituary: Waites McLeod 

Waites McLeod, 81, of Loris, died June 16, 2018. McLeod, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a retired Baptist minister and a member of Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church in Loris.

Obituary: Walter L. Howell

Walter Lewis Howell, 93, of Columbia, died June 18, 2018. Born June 23, 1924, in North Carolina, he served with the U.S. Armed Forces at an air base in England during World War II. After working for several years as a printer with a daily newspaper in West Virginia, he answered a call to the […]

Obituary: Tommy Morrow

John Thomas “Tommy” Morrow, 83, of Camden, died May 26, 2018. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as a Southern Baptist pastor for more than 40 years despite developing heart issues in his mid-40s. He pastored churches in Taylors, Saluda, Pageland, Bishopville, Bush River Community, Newberry County and […]

Obituary: Harold Owens

William Harold Owens, 81, of Lancaster, died May 19, 2018. A native of Inman, he was a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute; Luther Rice Seminary; and Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church of Lyman in 1971 and served Baptist churches in North […]

Obituary: Charlie Ray Simmons

Charlie Ray Simmons, 86, of Kershaw, died May 25, 2018. A native of LaFrance, he was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in Texas, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina.  Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ethel G. Craig Simmons, three children, seven grandchildren and […]

Obituary: Earl Lewers

Earl Lewers, 79, of Greenville, who led his church in the late 1970s to become the first African-American congregation to join the Greenville Baptist Association, died May 26, 2018. Lewers was a pastor for 42 years and retired in 2008 as the founding pastor of Open Heart Baptist Church, located in the Dunean section of […]