Obituary: Jean Belcher

Jean Orr Belcher, 86, of Rock Hill, and wife of the late pastor Posey Belcher Jr., died Nov. 13, 2017. A native of Inman, she was a graduate of Furman University and a retired school teacher. She served alongside her husband at Barnwell First Baptist Church and Walterboro First Baptist Church. She was also a […]

Obituary: Sid Buckley

Sidney L. Buckley, 81, of Easley, died Dec. 1, 2017, at his home. Born in Columbia, Miss., he was a graduate of Pearl River Junior College, William Carey College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Florida State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in vocal performance. He served on the music faculties of Furman University, […]

Obituary: Reginal A. Hill

Reginal A. Hill died July 27, 2017, at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community in Laurens. He pastored churches in Virginia and South Carolina prior to his appointment as a missionary by the International Mission Board. As a church planter, he served in Trinidad and Bermuda, followed by a year of volunteer ministry in Barbados, for […]

Obituary: Charles L. Hattaway Sr.

Charles Lamar Hattaway Sr., of Florence, died on his 87th birthday, Oct. 11, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Columbia Bible College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. He pastored numerous South Carolina churches over his 52-year career. He was a […]

Obituary: Mildred Lancaster

Mildred Dorothy Wood Lancaster, 95, of Fountain Inn, widow of pastor Leon Lewis Lancaster, died Nov. 4, 2017. Born in Simpsonville, she was a music director and Sunday school teacher at churches where her husband served as a pastor. She served with her husband at the following South Carolina Baptist churches: Bethabara Church, Cross Hill; […]

Obituary: Donald R. Royster

Donald R. Royster, 85, of Orangeburg, died Oct. 31, 2017. Born in Shelby, N.C., he joined the National Guard at age 14 and two years later he was inducted into the United States Air Force. He served in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. In 1966, he was named chief controller of the […]

Obituary: Butch Dyar

Michael “Butch” Dyar, 75, of Mauldin, died Aug. 23, 2017. Born in Hartwell, Ga., he served in the U.S. Army and received a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In South Carolina, he served as pastor of Great Swamp Baptist Church and Pine Grove Baptist Church No. 1 in Walterboro, and South […]

Obituary: Ernest Carswell

Ernest L. Carswell Jr., 82, long-serving pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church, died Oct. 8, 2017. He served Taylors for 28 years, from 1972-2000, and was later named pastor emeritus. Under his leadership, the church flourished and was recognized as one of the most mission-minded churches in the Southeast. “He was an amazing shepherd to […]

Obituary: Bill Hannon

Samuel William “Bill” Hannon Jr., 76, of Spartanburg, died Sept. 12, 2017. A native of Rock Hill, he earned a master of divinity degree from Mid Atlantic Bible Institute and pastored churches throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sue Shore Hannon, five children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He […]

Obituary: Richard Sale

Richard Evans Sale, 83, of Florence, died Sept. 13, 2017. A native of Richmond, Va., he earned degrees from Mars Hill University and Baylor University and a master of arts degree from West Georgia University. He also attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was a graduate of the FBI Academy’s chaplain training course in Quantico, […]