Obituary: Sam Chasteen

Samuel Morgan Chasteen Sr., 85, of Anderson, died June 30, 2019. He was the founder and owner of Sam’s Curb Market and served as pastor at Asbury Baptist Church and later Grace Memorial Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 66 years, JoAnn F. Chasteen, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death […]

Obituary: Philip B. Welchel

Philip B. Welchel, 83, of Boiling Springs, died May 21, 2019, at Spartanburg Medical Center. A native of Gaffney, he served in the South Carolina Army National Guard for nine years. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible College, and retired from the ministry in 2015 after serving 57 years — 23 of which were at Mountain […]

Obituary: H. Thomas “Tom” Swilley

H. Thomas “Tom” Swilley, 80, of Myrtle Beach, longtime pastor and denominational leader, died June 5, 2019. A native of Summerton, he was a graduate of Carlisle Military School, International Bible Institute, and International Seminary of Plymouth, Fla., and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Bible studies from International Seminary. During his 47-year ministry, he […]

Obituary: Ronell Lester Owensby

Ronell Lester Owensby, 86, of Gaffney, died May 13, 2019. He was a graduate of Mars Hill Junior College, Carson-Newman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a trustee at Carson-Newman University for five years. He served as pastor of churches in North Carolina and Virginia before he and his wife served as […]

Obituary: H. Laverne Hancock Sr.

H. Laverne Hancock Sr., 89, of Columbia, died May 22, 2019. A graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served in his first pastorate at a Native American church in North Carolina. He later served as pastor of six churches in South Carolina, and led mission trips to Rio, Brazil and Nassau, […]

Obituary: Martha Ponder Gantt

Martha Ponder Gantt, 78, of Lexington, died May 17, 2019. A native of Spartanburg, she was a graduate of Furman University, Long Island University and Western Kentucky University. While her husband was a chaplain in the U.S. Army, she participated in Protestant Women of the Chapel, and also played the organ and piano at Fort […]

Obituary: Benny Davis

Brenton “Benny” Davis, 74, of Easley, died June 9, 2019, at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville. A native of Rock Hill, he was a retired minister who served as pastor in several South Carolina churches, including McConnells Baptist Church, Smyrna Baptist Church, Fairview Baptist Church and White Plains Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy […]

Obituary: Mickey Campbell

Michael Lee “Mickey” Campbell, 71, of Easley, died May 11, 2019. A Greenville native and U.S. Army veteran, he was a retired plant manager and minister. Campbell served as pastor at Friendship Baptist Church as well as Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where he was also a member. Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren, and one […]

Obituary: Freddy Garner

Freddy Dean Garner, 70, of Powdersville, died April 27, 2019. Born in Anderson County, he was pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Conway; Carolina Baptist Church, Green Sea; and most recently Riverview Baptist Church, Powdersville, where he served for nearly five years. He also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Survivors include his wife, […]

Obituary: Mary Lib Causey

Mary Elizabeth “Mary Lib” May Causey, 80, of Statesville, N.C., and wife of former South Carolina pastor Jack Causey, died May 1, 2019. A native of Meridian, Miss., she and her husband began their ministry together at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., following graduation from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They later served at First […]