Obituary: Ralph Riley

Ralph William Riley, 89, of Fort Mill, died Nov. 4, 2021. A native of Lowell, N.C., he attended Mars Hill College and was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. During almost 65 years in the ministry, he served churches in Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, including Remount Baptist Church, Charleston, and […]

Obituary: Flynn Harrell

Flynn Thomas Harrell, 87, of Columbia, died July 8, 2021. Born in Columbia, he was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and received honorary degrees from Charleston Southern University and Furman University. He served two years in the U.S. Army, 21 years as the first business/financial officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, […]

Obituary: Gene Burdette

Clinton Eugene “Gene” Burdette, 95, of Laurens, died Nov. 25, 2021. Born in Pendleton, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and attended Anderson College and Erskine College. He served several churches during his 52 years as a Baptist minister, and retired from LaFrance First Baptist Church. Survivors include two grandchildren, two […]

Obituary: Tom Brannon

Thomas J. Brannon, 83, of West Columbia, died Nov. 26, 2021, after a period of declining health. A native of Greer, he made a commitment to full-time Christian service while in high school. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Furman University, and attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in college, he […]

Obituary: Pat Baughman

Patrick Lee Baughman, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 4, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. A native of Columbia, he was a graduate of The Citadel and served in the Army. A successful businessman, he was actively involved in civic and denominational organizations, including the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and […]

Obituary: Ralph Riley

Ralph William Riley, 89, of Fort Mill, died Nov. 4, 2021. A native of Lowell, N.C., he attended Mars Hill College and was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. During his almost 65 years of ministry, he served in a variety of capacities in Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, including Remount Baptist […]

Obituary: Alvin O’Shields

Alvin B. O’Shields, 90, of Greer, died Oct. 19, 2021. Born in Pickens County, he served pastorates in both North and South Carolina. In his later years of ministry, he served as director of missions for Spartanburg County Baptist Association. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death […]

Obituary: Sarah Geddings

Sarah Geddings, of West Columbia, and wife of Broadacres Baptist Church pastor emeritus Bill Geddings, died Nov. 2, 2021. A longtime employee of Southern Bell/AT&T, she retired early to help care for her first granddaughter. She was actively involved in her church, volunteering in the nursery as well as teaching Sunday school for children and […]

Obituary: Andy Bass

James Anderson “Andy” Bass Jr., 85, of Greenville, died Sept. 30, 2021. A native of Rock Hill, he graduated from Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduation in 1960, he became associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Mobile, Ala. He later served as pastor of First Baptist, Newberry; Thomas Memorial, Bennettsville; and First […]

Obituary: Joe Dempsey

Joe H. Dempsey, 83, of Spartanburg, died Oct. 4, 2021. A native of Greer, he was a graduate of Clemson University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a pastor and counselor for more than 60 years, including the following Baptist churches in South Carolina: El Bethel, Greer; Fairforest; Chappells; Downtown Greenville; and Croft, Spartanburg. […]