Obituary: Harold Owens

William Harold Owens, 81, of Lancaster, died May 19, 2018. A native of Inman, he was a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute; Luther Rice Seminary; and Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church of Lyman in 1971 and served Baptist churches in North […]

Obituary: Charlie Ray Simmons

Charlie Ray Simmons, 86, of Kershaw, died May 25, 2018. A native of LaFrance, he was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in Texas, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina.  Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ethel G. Craig Simmons, three children, seven grandchildren and […]

Obituary: Earl Lewers

Earl Lewers, 79, of Greenville, who led his church in the late 1970s to become the first African-American congregation to join the Greenville Baptist Association, died May 26, 2018. Lewers was a pastor for 42 years and retired in 2008 as the founding pastor of Open Heart Baptist Church, located in the Dunean section of […]

Obituary: Jim Rodgers

James Paul Rodgers, 84, of Anderson, died April 16, 2018. He retired in 1996 after serving for 28 years as minister of music at Anderson First Baptist Church. Born in Florida, he graduated from Stetson University in 1955, served in the U.S. Army, then graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1959. He published more […]

Obituary: Milbra Reese

Milbra Ruth Franklin Reese, 81, of Columbia, died April 16, 2018. In addition to two nursing degrees, she earned a master of divinity degree and was a staff chaplain at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital for six years. Survivors include her husband, Bob, a son, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son […]

Obituary: Jack Burnette

Jack Reid Burnette, 81, of Conway, died Feb. 2, 2018. The first 10 years of his ministry were in Colorado and North Dakota under a program with the Home Mission Board called “Tent Makers.” He served as a Baptist minister for more than 45 years, much of that time in South Carolina. Prior to his […]

Obituary: Emmett Browder

Lacey Emmett Browder, 78, of St. Stephen, died April 25, 2018. A native of Salters, in Williamsburg County, he accepted the call to ministry in 1971 and attended Anderson Junior College (now Anderson University). He served South Carolina Baptist churches in Lane, Anderson, Folly Beach, Summerville, Awendaw and St. Stephen, and was also actively involved […]

Obituary: Allen Bratcher

Allen Cleveland Bratcher, 64, of Belton, died March 15, 2018. A native of Anderson County, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was pastor of Masters Baptist Church in Whitmire, was a missionary in the Dominican Republic for one year, and served 24 years with the International Mission Board. He was a member of Bethany […]

Obituary: Joe Hinton

Joseph Walter Hinton, 97, of Easley, died April 5, 2018. Born in Greenville County, he was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a World War II veteran. He served churches in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi before moving to Pickens as pastor of East […]

Obituary: Wayne Wiggins

Lloyd Wayne Wiggins, 84, of Abbeville, died March 18, 2018. A native of Fort Mill, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Presbyterian College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as senior pastor at Mountville Baptist Church, Fruitvale Baptist Church, Georges Creek Baptist Church, Lakewood Baptist Church, […]