Obituary: William Lloyd Birch

William Lloyd Birch, 87, of Florence, a retired college professor and ordained Baptist minister who served more than 45 South Carolina churches as interim pastor, died May 29, 2017. A Louisville, Ky., native, Birch earned degrees from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky. After serving churches and […]

Obituary: Robert Burks

Robert “Bob” Edward Burks, 86, of Clemson, a retired religion professor at Anderson College (now Anderson University), died May 28, 2017. He graduated from Mercer University and earned a doctoral degree in New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He moved to Anderson in 1961 to serve as associate pastor at First Baptist Church. He […]

Obituary: Bill Lockaby

William J. “Bill” Lockaby Jr., 91, of Pickens, died June 5, 2017. Born in Greenville, he pastored churches in South Carolina and North Carolina for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, […]

Obituary: C. Wilton Maxwell

C. Wilton Maxwell, 88, Simpsonville, who served as a pastor for more than 50 years, died May 16, 2017. A native of Simpsonville, he studied at North Greenville Junior College (now North Greenville University) and earned a B.A. degree from Furman University in 1960. He attended Erskine Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary, where he […]

Obituary: Dan Page

Daniel Franklin Page, 83, of Greenville, died May 8, 2017. Born in Columbus County, N.C., he was a graduate of Chowan Junior College, Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 1955 and was a pastor in North Carolina and Virginia before serving as director of missions in Oxford, […]

Obituary: Edward E. Kemper

Edward Eugene Kemper, 85, of Aiken, died March 22, 2017. A native of Tennessee, he served in the National Guard for 11 years and worked at the Savannah River Plant for 42 years. He retired after 20 years as pastor of Green Pond Baptist Church and was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church. Survivors include […]

Obituary: Pete Debruhl

Pete Lynwood Debruhl, 85, of Cassatt, died April 1, 2017. A native of Camden, he served as pastor of the following South Carolina Baptist churches: Beaverdam, Harmony, Calvary, Socastee, Oakey Swamp and Galivants Ferry, and also led services at Little Pee Dee State Park. Survivors include his wife, Bernice Currie Debruhl, two daughters, eight grandchildren, […]

Obituary: David LeGrand Young

David LeGrand Young, 67, of Aiken, died March 31, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Aiken County and served as pastor at Clear Water Branch Baptist Church for the past five years. He was a member of the Aiken Baptist Association Ministerial Group. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Vicki Zielinski Young, two […]

Obituary: Ted Keller

Ted Leon Keller, 68, of Columbia, known for his ministry to truckers and their families, died April 6, 2017. Born in Columbia, he was an ordained minister and a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church. He graduated from Wingate College and attended Charleston Southern University. He also attended culinary school. He stood alongside truck drivers […]

Obituary: R. Dale Cox

Roger Dale Cox, 67, of Florence, died March 28, 2017. A native of Kingstree, he graduated from Newberry College, Winthrop College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught in public schools across South Carolina and served as headmaster at Andrews Christian School. He was pastor of churches in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, and was an […]