Obituary: Danny Tuten

George Daniel “Danny” Tuten, of Estill, died May 9, 2016. Born in the Furman community of Hampton County, he began preaching at the age of 17 by filling in at churches in the community, and later was called as interim pastor of Robertville Baptist Church in Estill. He was serving as pastor of Mt. Olive […]

Obituary: C.W. Jones

Chauncey W. Jones, 88, of Greenville, died April 25, 2016. Born in Enoree, he attended Furman University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was ordained to the ministry in 1952 and pastored churches in Northeast Georgia and Upstate South Carolina, including Durbin Creek and Harmony Baptist churches, Fountain Inn; Mt. […]

Obituary: Frank Zedick

Frank Zedick of Durham, N.C., died April 3, 2016. He was a former pastor of Durbin Creek Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church, both of Fountain Inn, and Dillon First Baptist Church. He also served churches in North Carolina. He was a graduate of Furman University and earned bachelor of divinity, master of theology and […]

Obituary: Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson, of Anderson, died April 9, 2016. A member and deacon at Anderson First Baptist Church, he served as music minister in several Upstate churches over the past 60 years. He was owner of Jim Wilson Realty and Construction and was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, […]

Obituary: Mario Vargas

Mario Vargas, 77, of Camden, died March 17, 2016. A native of El Salvador, he studied at the Baptist Seminary in Mexico City, Mexico, and the Hispano-American Seminary in Los Angeles, Calif. Over the course of 50 years, he pastored churches in El Salvador, California, North Carolina, Arkansas, and South Carolina. His passion was spreading […]

Obituary: Leroy Sheppard 

Leroy McKinley Sheppard II, 45, of Spartanburg, died April 7, 2016. He served as youth and children’s minister at the Laotian Baptist Mission, and founded and directed Shepherd’s Door Ministries for over 10 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. Survivors include his wife, Marlaina Bowen Sheppard, and six children. He was […]

Obituary: Wade Rooks

Kenneth Wade Rooks, 43, of Simpsonville, died April 4, 2016. He was born in Griffin, Ga., and was a graduate of Georgia Tech and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was teaching pastor and minister of outreach at Simpsonville First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Brandi Deione Rooks, and two children.

Obituary: Pat Perry

Harold Patrick Perry, 81, of Simpsonville, died March 10, 2016. Born in Monticello, Ga., he was a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Furman University. He served as pastor of churches in Greenville and in Kentucky for 23 years. He also served as an evangelist for 17 years. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Henry […]

Obituary: Cindy Morris

Cynthia Denise Morris, 55, former director of the Childhood Ministry Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died March 27, 2016, in Ocean Springs, Miss., from complications related to diabetes. Morris served the SCBC from 1996-2014. She was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She previously served […]

Obituary: Richard F. Burgess

Richard F. Burgess, 83, of Marietta, died April 10, 2016. Born in Pickens County, he served as a minister prior to his retirement, and was a member of Cox Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Callie C. Anderson Burgess; six children; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.