Americans’ mental health outlook drops, but not for church attendees

A recent Gallup study reveals a connection between regular church attendance and a positive self-evaluation of one’s mental health. The study focused on 76 percent of its respondents classifying their current mental health as excellent or good. Since the poll’s inception in 2001, that answer had stayed in the 81-89 percent range. This year marked […]

Obituary: Sandra Brannon

Sandra R. Brannon, 80, of Columbia, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention director of public relations Thomas J. Brannon, died Dec. 1, 2020, after a lengthy illness. A native of Spartanburg, she was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She later served in both administrative […]

Obituary: Richard Hawk

Richard Lee Hawk, 87, of Clemson, died Nov. 20, 2020. A native of Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He served as pastor of several Baptist churches in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He was a member of Pendleton First […]

Obituary: Bill Palmer

William LeRoy “Bill” Palmer, 99, of Kingsport, Tenn., died Nov. 25, 2020. A native of Colorado, he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., while working for the U.S. Department of State. He was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C., later teaching New Testament […]

Obituary: Paul Talmadge

Paul Anderson Talmadge, 92, of Anderson, died Nov. 20, 2020. He worked in administration at Anderson University for 19 years and served as a religion teacher at North Greenville University, also serving as the sixth president from 1988-1991. After leaving NGU, he served on the staff of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove […]

Obituary: Landrum Reece

Landrum Burton Reece, 85, of Williamston, died Oct. 18, 2020.  Born in Greenville, he was called to the ministry in 1958. He served as pastor of numerous Baptist churches throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hiott […]

Obituary: Jimmy Fanning

James R. “Jimmy” Fanning Jr., 74, of Gaston, died Oct. 19, 2020. A native of the Pinehill Community of Orangeburg County, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 50 years, serving eight South Carolina  Baptist churches in Orangeburg, Aiken, Spartanburg, and Lexington counties, as well as Tennessee. He also served in various Baptist associational capacities […]

Obituary: Ed Bolton

Edwin H. Bolton, 92, of Spartanburg, father-in-law of Spartanburg First Baptist pastor Don Wilton, died Sept. 16, 2020. A native of Durban, South Africa, he studied at the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa, and served as pastor of churches in South Africa, Louisiana and Mississippi. He also served as general secretary of the Leprosy […]

Obituary: Robert L. Deaton

Robert Lee “Bob” Deaton, 87, of Duncan, died Nov. 16, 2020. A native of Pageland, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and also studied at the Princeton Institute of Theology of Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained by First Baptist Church, Pageland in 1956, he was pastor of five South Carolina […]

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 […]