Robert E. “Bob” Philyaw

Robert Eugene “Bob” Philyaw, 87, of Anderson, died Sept. 15, 2019, at his home. A native of Anderson, he served as pastor of churches in North and South Carolina, including Sandridge, Greenwood; Salem, Saluda; Lake Swamp, Timmonsville; Southside, Anderson; Northside, Calhoun Falls; Shiloh, Anderson; Mountain Creek, Anderson; and First, Due West. He was chaplain at […]

Obituary: Clarence O. Griffin

Clarence O’Neal Griffin, 87, of Taylors, died Oct. 11, 2019. A native of Greenwood, he was a graduate of North Greenville University, Furman University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Kelleytown Baptist Church, Hartsville, for four years. In 1960, he and his wife, Doris, were appointed as International Mission Board missionaries […]

Obituary: John Osborne “Joe” Reed Jr.

John Osborne “Joe” Reed Jr., 96, of Columbia, died Aug. 10, 2019, at Agape Hospice House in Columbia. A native of Sumter, he was a graduate of North Greenville University, Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He also attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) for two years. Ordained in […]

Obituary: Juanita Garrison

Juanita Garrison, who dispensed wit and farm-fresh wisdom for 15 years as the “Sunday Dinner” columnist for The Baptist Courier, died Sept. 5, 2019. Her column featured recipes submitted by Courier readers as well as favorite dishes from her own kitchen. “Sunday Dinner” ran in The Courier from 2002-2018, and in 2016 Courier Publishing released […]

Obituary: Gene Sawyer Smith

Gene Sawyer Smith, 91, of Sumter and wife of the late Kirk Smith, a longtime pastor in South Carolina, died July 22, 2019, following the onset of a sudden illness. A native of Tampa, Fla., she attended the University of South Carolina, and continued her education in Louisville, Ky., at the Woman’s Missionary Union Training […]

Obituary: Karen Manley

Karen Wells Manley, 76, formerly of Greenville, died July 20, 2019, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. A native of Henderson, N.C., she studied at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she earned her nursing degree. She was active in Baptist denominational life, having served as director of adult education at First Baptist Church, […]

Obituary: Terry Hiers

George Terry Hiers Jr., 56, of Harleyville, died July 28, 2019. A native of Walterboro, he was a graduate of the Baptist College in Charleston (now Charleston Southern University). He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Harleyville, for many years. He was also trained as an emergency medical technician and worked for Personal Care […]

Obituary: Richard Alderman

Richard Charles Alderman, 83, of Little Rock, S.C., died July 21, 2019, at McLeod Hospice House. A native of Alcolu, he was a graduate of Columbia Bible College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and Luther Rice Seminary. He was a Dillon High School Bible teacher, educator, and golf coach; head master at Avalon […]

Obituary: Wilson Cooke Jr.

Dewey Wilson Cooke Jr., 85, of Tigerville, died Dec. 25, 2018. A native of Charlotte, N.C., he was a retired professor at North Greenville University, where he taught math and computer science for 28 years. He was an ordained minister, an amateur radio operator, and a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Tigerville Baptist […]

Obituary: Charles T. Clanton

Charles T. Clanton, retired Army chaplain (colonel), 83, of Sumter, died July 8, 2019. He was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time in the Army, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. Following his retirement, he served as an interim pastor and […]