Obituary: Jennings Putnam

Jennings Putnam, of Inman, died Aug. 31, 2020 at Spartanburg Medical Center.  A member of the South Carolina National Guard, he was a graduate of North Greenville College, Mid-Atlantic Bible College, and Mid-Atlantic Seminary. During his 40 years in the ministry, he served as pastor of the following Baptist churches: Durbin Creek, Fountain Inn; Piney […]

Obituary: Rupert Guest

Rupert Earl Guest, 90, of Spartanburg, died Aug. 11, 2020. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Furman University, and was an Air Force veteran. He served as pastor of Arch Street and Abner Baptist churches. Following a brief retirement, he became visitation minister of Beaumont Baptist Church, where he was a […]

Obituary: Ned Duncan

Ned Lee Duncan, 80, of Reevesville, died July 10, 2020. A native of Marion, N.C., he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in North and South Carolina. He also served as a foreign missionary to South America and as the director of missions for York County Baptist Association for 18 years. After retirement, […]

Obituary: Sam Catoe

Samuel G. “Sam” Catoe, 73, of Kershaw, died Aug. 19, 2020. Born in Camden, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was also a missionary with the International Mission Board in Benin, Africa, and Paris, France. He also served in various positions at churches in Kansas, Maryland, and South Carolina, including […]

Obituary: Mike Bell

Charles Michael “Mike” Bell, 75, of Inman, died Sept. 2, 2020. A native of Campobello, he was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a U.S. Army veteran and later served as a newspaper editor, truck driver, fireman and a pastor. Most recently, he was interim pastor for Buffalo Baptist Church and […]

J.I. Packer, renowned theologian and author, dies

James Innell (J.I.) Packer, a world-renowned theologian and author, died July 17, 2020. He was 93. “He exemplified the best of the Christian intellectual tradition, continuing the trajectory that can be traced through Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Baxter, Owen, Edwards and Lewis,” wrote David Dockery, distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological […]

Obituary: Robert Wilkins Kirby Jr.

Robert Wilkins Kirby Jr., 72, of Gaffney, died Aug. 8, 2020. Born in Gaffney, he was a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Lake Charles Bible College. He served as pastor of several Baptist churches in North Carolina and South Carolina, including Little Memorial in Gaffney, Warrior Creek in Gray Court, and […]

Obituary: Pat Johnson

Patterson Smith “Pat” Johnson, 94, of Spartanburg, died Aug. 9, 2020. He was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He held several church pastorates before serving with his wife as missionaries for 10 years in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. After retiring […]

Obituary: Earl D. Crumpler

Earl D. Crumpler, 86, of Greenville, died July 27, 2020. A native of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., he was a graduate of Wake Forest University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served several churches as pastor, including North Trenholm in Columbia and Edwards Road in Greenville, where he served until his retirement in 1995. He also […]

Obituary: David “Wayne” Crosby

David “Wayne” Crosby, 78, of Columbia, died July 18, 2020. He served as a youth director and associate pastor of various churches, and was childcare administrator of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Epworth Children’s Home, Baptist Home of Kentucky and Baptist Home of Washington, D.C. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Evelyn Nettles Crosby, two […]