Obituary: Mitch Gambrell

James Mitchell “Mitch” Gambrell, 62, of Williamston, died May 23, 2015. Born in Ware Shoals, he was pastor of Big Creek Baptist Church and formerly served as pastor at Fork Shoals Mill Baptist Church and Calhoun Falls First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Amy Cooley Gambrell, two sons and four grandchildren.

Obituary: Fred Hammett Brown

Fred Hammett Brown, 85, of Greer, died May 16, 2015. Born Feb. 10, 1930, he grew up in the Cedar Spring Community of Spartanburg. He received a call to ministry while a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church at the age of 20, and he went on to graduate from Mars Hill Junior College, Furman […]

Obituary: Clarence Edward Crocker

Clarence Edward Crocker, 90, of Spartanburg, died May 29, 2015. A native of Spartanburg, he was pastor emeritus of Fairview Baptist Church in Union, where he served as pastor for 25 years. Before entering the ministry, he was postmaster at Glendale and worked in industrial management. He was a former member of the Spartanburg County […]

Obituary: Carl Grayson Ellison

Carl Grayson Ellison, 92, of Anderson, died May 10, 2015. Born April 20, 1923, in the Cheddar Community of Anderson County, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was a B24 pilot. He was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. […]

Obituary: Fred Miller

Fred Samuel Miller Jr., 87, of West Columbia, retired pastor of Saint Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, died Feb. 5, 2015. Born in Union, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded doctor of divinity degrees in 1985 by Furman University and Charleston Southern University. He was a […]

Obituary: Harold Killian

William Harold Killian, 92, of Taylors, a retired pastor, died Feb. 17, 2015. Born in Statesville, N.C., he received a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also did post-graduate work at Princeton, Columbia and Furman universities. Killian was ordained to the ministry in 1946. He held pastorates […]

Obituary: Carey McElveen

Carey S. McElveen, of Lake City, a retired pastor, died Feb. 8, 2015, at the McLeod Hospice House. He pastored the following churches: Lynchburg Baptist, Scranton Baptist, Pageland First Baptist and Manning First Baptist. He also was interim pastor for Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and New Zion Baptist Church. He graduated from Francis Marion University […]

Obituary: Robert D. Jeske

Robert Duane Jeske, 79, of Kershaw, died Jan. 16, 2015. Born in Lind, Wash., he was educated at Central Washington University, Western Washington University, the University of Chicago, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored the following Baptist churches in Kershaw: Flat Creek, New Haven and Haile Gold Mine. He also was a supply preacher […]

Obituary: Phil Dixon

James Phillip Dixon, 80, of Anderson, died Feb. 3, 2015. He was a retired Southern Baptist minister, having pastored churches in both Georgia and South Carolina. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Anderson. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carolyn […]

Obituary: John T. Holland

John Tillman Holland, 87, of Columbia, died Jan. 15, 2015. A graduate of Mars Hill College, Wake Forest College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he came to Columbia as a young man to be an intern for F. Clyde Helms at Shandon Baptist Church, where he was instrumental in the organization of the Broad River […]