Obituary: Robert Eugene Ott

Robert Eugene Ott, 40, of Florence, died July 14, 2017. A native of North Charleston, he was a graduate Charleston Southern University. During college, he surrendered his life to full-time ministry and was ordained on July 7, 1998, and later served as pastor of The Garden Church of Florence. Survivors include his wife, April Ott, […]

Obituary: W. James Rivers 

W. James Rivers, 88, of Morehead City, N.C., died July 13, 2017. A native of Hampton, S.C., he graduated from the University of South Carolina and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of theology degree from Charleston Southern University. He served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain, and […]

Obituary: Ben F. Rogers Jr.

Benjamin “Ben” Francis Rogers Jr., 81, of Easley, died Aug. 3, 2017. Born in Travelers Rest, he was a graduate of Mars Hill College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1966, he served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. He also served as a bivocational pastor while employed as a truck driver. […]

Obituary: Ray Ridgeway Jr.

Ray Ridgeway Jr., 73, of Anderson, died July 23, 2017. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For 35 years, he pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. He served for the last 13 years as a hospice chaplain. He was active in missions to Russia, […]

Obituary: David White Jr.

David Franklin White Jr., of Anderson, died July 12, 2017. He grew up in Richmond, Va., and earned degrees from the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Johns Hopkins University. From 1957-1966, he served as a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Richmond. In 1966, he accepted a similar position […]

Obituary: E. Faye Garrett

E. Faye Garrett, of Cayce, and widow of the late Lawrence Garrett, who served as pastor in South Carolina, died July 3, 2017. Born in Piedmont, she attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. In addition to serving as a pastor’s wife and the mother of two daughters, she worked at Winn Dixie, […]

Obituary: Marion Hare

Marion H. Hare, 87, of Greenville, died July 10, 2017. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., he was a graduate of Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Furman University awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 1986. He served as pastor of Welcome Baptist Church, Anderson, and […]

Obituary: Vernon Fash

Vernon L. Fash, 86, of Wilmington, N.C., died June 29, 2017. He grew up in Charleston and joined the U.S. Coast Guard at age 17. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as pastor of churches in Texas, Pelzer and Williamston, […]

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: 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, […]