Obituary: Stephen Aylesworth

Stephen Allen Aylesworth, 61, of Columbia, died Jan. 26, 2017. Born in New York, he had served as youth pastor of North Columbia Baptist Church for the past 34 years. He also volunteered with the disaster relief team of Columbia Metro Baptist Association and worked with the association’s state fair ministry. He worked with World […]

Obituary: Donald Herbert Stephens

Donald Herbert Stephens, 85, of Simpsonville, died Jan. 28, 2017. Born in Liberty, he served as pastor of Kentland Park Baptist Church in Greenville, Lowndesville First Baptist Church, Reidville First Baptist Church and Durbin Creek Baptist Church. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Tennessee Temple University […]

Obituary: Frank Keels

Francis “Frank” Craig Keels, 65, of Greer, died Nov. 5, 2016. A native of Pinewood, he served the following Baptist churches in South Carolina: Spears Creek in Columbia, Ashley Heights in North Charleston, Hopewell in Parkers Ferry, Cheraw Baptist, Clearview in Charleston, Westside in Greenwood, Rosewood in Columbia, and Abner Creek in Greer. His international […]

Obituary: Foster T. Givins

Foster Thomas Givins, 89, of Spartanburg, a retired Baptist minister of more than 50 years, died Feb. 10, 2017. Born May 30, 1927, in Avondale, N.C., he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and attended Mars Hill College and Dan Greer Bible College. He previously served as assistant pastor at Oak Grove […]

Obituary: Jerry Brittingham

Jerry L. Brittingham, 74, died Feb. 1, 2017, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Retiring in 2006, he last served as pastor of Eason Memorial Baptist Church in Eastover and was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline. Survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.

Obituary: Tom Westmoreland

    Thomas Harn Westmoreland, 91, of Columbia, known to generations of South Carolina Baptists as the founding director of the state convention’s music department, died Dec. 23, 2016. Born Jan. 28, 1925, in Greenville, he attended Berry College before being drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II. After the war, […]

Obituary: Bill Page Jr.

William Minor “Bill” Page Jr., 96, of Greenville, died Dec. 15, 2016. Born in Spartanburg, he served as pastor for 32 years at Friendship Baptist Church, Pauline, and 29 years at Mauldin First Baptist Church, where he was a member for many years. He also held several interim pastorates after retiring from full-time ministry in […]

Obituary: John Roosevelt Johnson

John Roosevelt Johnson, 84, of Charleston, died Dec. 21, 2016. Born in Charleston, he retired from the Army after 20 years of service as a master sergeant. He then earned a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served in pastoral ministry for 20 years before retiring. He was a member […]

Obituary: Cecil Johnson

Cecil N. Johnson, 76, of Lancaster, died Jan. 3, 2017. Born in Shelby, N.C., he earned a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, serving the longest at Camp Creek Baptist Church in Lancaster. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, Lancaster, […]

Obituary: Jack Ellenburg

Jack S.W. Ellenburg, 80, of Anderson, died Dec. 14, 2016. Born in Greenville, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and earned a B.A. degree from Furman University, an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.S.S.W. from the University of Louisville. He spent the majority of his ministry as a pastor, […]