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, […]

Obituary: Charles Edward Castles

Charles Edward Castles, 66, of Amelia, Ohio, died Dec. 24, 2016. He grew up in Greenville and earned a B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Moncks Corner and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Walterboro. He was a member […]

Obituary: Huford Cash

Huford Chatman Cash, 94, of Pelzer, died Dec. 10, 2016. Born in Chesnee, he was a Baptist minister for 58 years, pastoring seven churches in the area. During his later years, he did evangelistic and interim pastoral work. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Othelia R. Cash, two daughters, one grandson, three great-grandchildren, and […]

40 years, 4 continents: IMB’s Harthcock dies at 97

“I’ll retire when the devil retires.” Gary Harthcock faithfully lived out his famous words on four continents and in multiple avenues of service. Friends recalled Harthcock’s watchword upon his death Jan. 5 at age 97 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. “That quote was taped to his desk, and he told me he read it every […]

Obituary: Robert G. Norris Jr.

Robert G. Norris Jr., 79, of Anderson, died Nov. 28, 2016. A native of Anderson, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas for 42 years. After retirement, he worked for Anderson County Solid Waste. He was associate pastor at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Anderson, where he was also […]

Obituary: Joel P. Jenkins Sr.

Joel P. Jenkins Sr., 90, of Piedmont, died Nov. 13, 2016. Born in Greenville, he was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Southeastern and Erskine seminaries and was a graduate of Furman University. He pastored Baptist churches in North and South Carolina […]