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Death of the Rev. Caroline B. Holmes
Please keep the family and loved ones of the Rev. Caroline Holmes in your prayers. Caroline, who served at both Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach and The Church of the Resurrection in Surfside Beach, died on Monday, March 3, 2014. Caroline was ordained a priest in 1988 in the Diocese of Virginia where she served for 15 years before retiring to the Grand Strand of South Carolina. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity, Myrtle Beach and the interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Resurrection, Surfside. Read the obituary.
Clergy News August 2012-February 2014
February 24, 2014
The Rev. James (Jai) Gibson is the new vicar of Church of the Holy Trinity, Grahamville. A native of Chester, Father Gibson began his ministry in the United Methodist Church, where he served parishes in Ohio and Georgia for thirteen years. For the past eight years, he has been serving primarily outside the parish as a hospital and hospice chaplain while also assisting with the evening worship services at Church of the Apostles, Columbia. In July of last year, he began serving in the diocese as a supply priest and was called to Holy Trinity on February 1. Bishop Lawrence will institute and induct Father Gibson in a service celebrating his new ministry on March 30 at 6:00 pm.
The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, who has served as the Assistant Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, has been called to serve as their Rector. Marcus writes, "I am blessed, humbled, excited, elated and not a little bit nervous. So thankful that I've had five years and have five more months to learn from my mentor and friend Fr. John Barr." Congratulations, Marcus.
The Rev. Jack Owens, is stepping down from serving as an Associate Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The Rev. Shay Gailliard, Rector writes, “Fr. Jack came at just the right time and has been a blessing to me personally and to the life and ministry of Good Shepherd. Now God has called Fr. Jack into a new season of rest and caring for his family. As you all know, he has a full-time position with MUSC as a Nurse Anesthetist. The requirements of this position and his desire to invest in his family in this important season have caused Fr. Jack to discern that now is the time to step away from parish ministry.”
February 5, 2014
The Very Rev. Dr. John Barr, Rector of Holy Comforter, Sumter, will be retiring this summer. His final Sunday at Holy Comforter will be July 27, 2014. In a letter to the congregation he said, "God is the Lord of time, the Lord of our seasons; and he turns the tiller of our lives 'in the fullness of time.' We don’t run our lives. C.S. Lewis reminds us, as we look back on the amazing trail we’ve walked, there has been a secret master of ceremonies at work. Nothing is by chance. And so now I stand—Laura and I stand—at one of those moments. It is time to pass the baton. I feel like I will be hopping off a north-bound train and hopping a west-bound. Sunday July 27, 2014 will be my last Sunday as rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter. I will have been rector for 19 years and a priest for 37. Wow. It can’t be. Sumter has been the longest place we have ever lived. We have known friendships in Christ I cannot begin to describe. But as Paul says, the dominant note I share is gratitude, sheer thankfulness for the promises of God, the resurrection power of the gospel, and for being privileged to share in a partnership with you! Laughter, sweat and tears of the gospel. Read it all.
St. Michael’s Church welcomed the Rev. Rich Giersch in February 2014 as the new Director of Student Ministries. Rich will focus on transforming the hearts of our 6th-12 graders. Rich joins the St. Michael’s family with a wealth of experience and spiritual depth. Since 1988, Rich has been ministering to teenagers working with such organizations as Young Life and St. Andrews Church, Mount Pleasant. Rich was also ordained as an Anglican Priest and served as the interim Rector of Resurrection Fellowship Anglican Church in Greenville, SC. Rich is married to Holly and they have two sons, Griffin and Oliver. Rich graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has produced two Christian C-D’s of original songs.
January 23, 2014
Please keep the Rev. Bill Oldland, (Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Cheraw) and his family, in your prayers. Bill's mother, Joan Legare Oldland, died recently. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, January 23 in the Stuhr Chapel in Mt. Pleasant at 2 p.m.Read the obituary.
December 9, 2013
God Willing and the People consenting The Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence, XIV Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina will ordain Joseph Daniel Carnes Ananias to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic Church Saturday, December 14 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant. Your prayers and presence are requested Clergy: Red Stoles. A reception will follow. Childcare is available, make a childcare reservation by calling (843) 884-9189 no later than December 11.
Joe serves as an Associate Rector at Christ Church with a special focus on ministry to young adults and outreach. He and his wife, Christina, both graduated from Duke Divinity school this past May. Joe was ordained to the diaconate in June and they were married in July. "I'm very happy to be in this Diocese," says Joe, "serving God and His church." Joe enjoys reading, playing guitar and is a singer/songwriter.
November 20, 2013
The Rev. Judith Ewing, who has served Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, in ministry since June 2006, has announced that she will retire effective December 31, 2013. Judith's seven years of ministry at Christ Church has encompassed multiple roles. She has directed their Welcoming Ministries, including supervision of the Sunday Greeters, all visitor information and visitation, and new member events and incorporation. In addition, she has served as a Vocational Deacon for the Parish, an ordained ministry calling, which includes many activities, all of which reflect for the congregation the way of service we are all called to practice as followers of Christ, who "came not to be served but to serve" (Mark 10:45). In worship, Judith has proclaimed the Gospel and served at the Altar; other serving ministries have included leading the Grief Support Group, serving on the Outreach Committee, being Chaplain to the Daughters of the King, being active in the Christ Church Women, and providing Pastoral Care in the hospitals, nursing homes, and through counseling, among many other activities. A Reception to honor Judith will be held at Christ Church on Sunday, December 15 after their 11 a.m. service.
November 8, 2013
Congratulations to the Rev. David Booman, Assistant Rector at St. Michael’s, Charleston, and his wife, Caity, at the birth of their first baby! Daniel Asher Booman was born on Thursday, October 24 weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches. Congratulations, all!
The Rev. Frank Larisey, Rector of Redeemer, Orangeburg, has received a call to serve as a missionary in Atlanta. Here is the story in his own words: "Yes, I am leaving the Diocese of South Carolina; but with deep appreciation for all the blessings which I have received from God in my eight-plus years in this wonderful diocese. I have been blessed by: Orangeburg, my parish family here at the Redeemer, Bishop Lawrence, his most effective and pastoral staff, this whole diocese, and the joy of being geographically close to my old environs in Charleston and the families of my sisters in the Low-country, and of course, to my mother, Virginia Larisey. It has all been a glorious blessing! And now, I have been called by the Lord Jesus Christ to go forth as a missionary of the Diocese of South Carolina in order to plant an Anglican Mission in the Anglican Diocese of the South, under the authority of the Rt. Rev. Foley Beach (who is an old friend from my Atlanta days). I will plant this mission with several old friends in Newnan, Georgia: in the far south-western corner of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. We will use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer; but with a twist: praise songs from the renewal movement, oldie-goldies from the Great Revivals, and the best of Anglican hymns, plus ministry-time with prayer and the laying-on-of-hands after the sermon. We might even do some foot-washing. And we will visit the malls and the bars with on-site prayer and witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I start on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Please give my love to everyone, and keep me and this adventure in ministry in your prayers."
October 3, 2013
Christ St. Paul, Yonges Island, recently welcomed the Rev. Rob Kunes as their Assistant Rector. Rob is also the new Chaplain of the Prayer Center at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. With these moves, Rob, his wife, Julie, and their family are returning to the Diocese of South Carolina. Rob and Julie had been active members of St. Michael’s Church in Charleston where they were married in 2002. In 2005, Rob became very involved in the healing ministry and discerned a call to ordained ministry. Rob graduated Cum Laude from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in May of 2010, and he’s been serving at Galilee Church in Virginia Beach, VA, since his graduation. Julie and Rob have three young children; Robert, Lillian Grace and Samuel who was born last September.
September 19, 2013
Please keep the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Gallant and his family in your prayers. Jimmy’s nephew Marvin Gallant, age 28, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 17. Marvin had been in a car accident several years ago. The wake will be held on Friday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, Charleston. The funeral will be held at Calvary on Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m. Read the obituary. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary-preview.aspx?n=marvin-anthony-gallant&pid=167029657&referrer=1411#fbLoggedOut
Congratulations to the Rev. Chad Lawrence, Associate Rector at St. Helena’s, Beaufort and his wife Wendy Lawrence on birth of their fourth daughter Laura Joy Lawrence. Laura Joy was born September 7, at 8:19 a.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz., and was 20 inches long. Laura Joy joins her proud sisters Esther, Sarah and Sydney. She is Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence’s 13th grandchild.
September 5, 2013
The Rev. Canon Jim Blanton has accepted a call to serve at St. Paul's, Bennettsville. Fr. Blanton comes from the Anglican Diocese of the South where he served as Canon Missioner. Fr. Blanton and his wife, Bonnie, have served as missionaries for SAMS. Fr. Blanton also serves as a Director and Treasurer for Adelante Bolivia, a 501 (c) 3 charity to provide funds for mission work and ministry in the Diocese of Bolivia.
August 19, 2013
The Rev. Nathan Bistis recently joined the staff of St. Luke’s, Hilton Head as an Assistant Rector. Nathan grew up in Texas and Wisconsin and, following high school, served as a Chaplain in the Army National Guard for nine years before attending college. He earned his a BS in Biblical Studies from Atlanta Christian School and his M. Div. from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Nathan was ordained to the priesthood in 2013. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three children Liam, Oliver and Luke. Nathan enjoys reading, fishing and hunting.
The Rev. Christopher Royer has accepted a call to serve as Associate Priest at Church of the Holy Spirit in Tulsa, OK. The Church of the Holy Spirit is a CANA East congregation. Please keep Christopher and his family in your prayers as they begin this new venture.
July 17, 2013
We’ve had two ordinations in the Diocese in recent weeks. The Rev. Chris Warner, Pastoral Associate at Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island, was the preacher for both services.
The Rev. Trevor Spencer, a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, was ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island on June 27, 2013.
The Rev. Jonathan Bennett, also a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, who is serving as Associate Rector at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral on July 13, 2013.
View the photo album for the Rev. Trevor Spencer. https://picasaweb.google.com/117076864764490538014/SpencerOrdinationJune272013?authuser=0&feat=directlinkView the photo album for the Rev. Jonathan Bennett. https://picasaweb.google.com/117076864764490538014/OnJuly132013TheRevJonathanBennettWasOrdainedToThePriesthoodByTheRtRevMarkJLa?authuser=0&feat=directlink View all Diocesan photo albums.
May 29, 2013
The Rev. Dr. Reggie Corfield was ordained to the priesthood May 8, 2013 at St. Paul's, Conway, where he is currently assisting. Reggie comes to the Diocese having served churches in South India and New Jersey. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has experience in working with the homeless, working with troubled youth and serving as a hospice chaplain. He and his wife, Lydia, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
The Rev. Andrew Williams will join the staff of Saint James on James Island on June 9. He comes from Ware, Massachusetts, where he has served as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church for the past 6 years. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and of Virginia Theological Seminary. Andrew’s wife, Jill, is also ordained (they met and fell in love in seminary) and is gifted in faith formation. Jill will begin her life and ministry among us tending to their two young sons, Jude and Joshua, as their family settles in South Carolina. Andrew’s passion is outreach and mission, especially to young people and families with young children, and he is very eager to take his ministry outside the church to games, events, wherever people spend their time. Andrew writes about coming to Saint James: “I have always heard it said that the best way to find success is to find what the Spirit is doing and join in. It is clear to anyone that has eyes to see that the God has big plans for St. James and it is my sincere hope that I might contribute to his plan in some small way as we join you on mission.” Please keep the Williams family in your prayers as they join our diocese. The people of Saint James are very excited about their coming!
May 16, 2013
It is with great joy that the Rev. Ted Duvall, Rector of Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, announces that Joe Ananias has accepted his call to become the full-time Associate Rector at Christ Church. "Over a number of months I've spoken with and met many fine candidates for this ministry from within the diocese and all over the country,” said Ted. “The fact that I've called Joe from among such a strong field of candidates shows how strongly I feel that he is not just the right fit for my staff but for our congregation and its ministry in the years ahead." Joe and his fiancée, Christina Carnes, will be joining Christ Church officially on June 11. They both graduated from Duke Divinity on May 11. Please keep Joe and Christina in your prayers as they prepare to relocate. "I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to minister at Christ Church," Joe says. "I can't wait to see how God will continue his work in this congregation as we seek to know and love him more and bear witness to his love in a world that desperately needs it. I am humbled and honored to receive this call, and I am eager to see how God will use me here over the coming years."
May 1, 2013
The Rev. Floyd Finch Retiring as Chaplain to Retired Clergy and their Families
Where does one begin to speak of a Minister of the Faith that has had so certain a touch on those around him his entire ministry? Bishop Lawrence says, "Floyd and Leona’s ministry to our retired clergy and spouses has been characterized by a joyful spirit, caring hearts, attendance to detail and a glowing patina that comes from the presence of God’s love and the Holy Spirit. They are and have been quite simply two of God’s finest."
Ordained a priest in 1955, Floyd has served churches as Priest-in-Charge or Rector, and as a Headmaster, in the Dioceses of Western North Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Atlanta. He first retired in 1993 and for a full 20 years continued to serve in churches throughout this Diocese as well as serving as a part-time Chaplain at Bishop Gadsden. From 2006 until the present he and his wife, Leona, have served the retired clergy and their families, with Floyd lovingly and attentively serving as our Chaplain. Floyd produces a wonderful quarterly newsletter, “Treasury Bonds and Notes,” which keeps retirees informed about news around the Diocese, comings and goings of retirees and their families, and humorous stories. Floyd’s kindness, gentleness, wisdom, forbearance, charity will be deeply missed. He is retiring to care for his lovely wife, Leona. May God Bless Floyd and Leona during this next phase of their life together. Please keep them in your prayers, as we all remain in theirs.
April 18, 2013
Please keep the family of the Rev. Alan Houghton in your prayers. Alan’s wife, Billie Houghton, died on April 7, 2013. Billie received her undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and her master's degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York. She had a private counseling practice in New York City which she continued when Billie and Alan moved from New York to Charleston, South Carolina. Billie was very active in conservation and in protecting the environment, and she held leadership positions with the Coastal Conservation League and Winyah Conservancy. Billie also was dedicated to the Episcopal Church, active in the Democratic Party and active supporter of The Family Justice Center whose mission is to prevent domestic violence and to protect and to care for victims of domestic violence. View the obituary. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/commercialappeal/obituary-preview.aspx?n=billie-fisher-carr-houghton&pid=164138663&referrer=1474
March 11, 2013
Please keep the Rev. Sally Putnam and her family in your prayers. Sally’s husband of 51 years, Samuel Franklin Putnam, Jr. died on Friday, March 8 following a battle with cancer. The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 16 at St. Thaddeus’ in Aiken, SC. Read the obituary. Sally had been the Vicar of All Saints, Hampton and left last year in order to care for her husband. http://shellhousefuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1998649&fh_id=11117
February 27, 2013
Please keep Nancy Borrett, wife of the Rev. Craige Borrett, and their family in your prayers. Nancy's mother Lynn Allrich Cart, 85, died suddenly on February 21. A memorial service was held Monday, February 25th at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, officiated by The Reverend Ned Morris and The Very Reverend Craige N. Borrett.
Please keep the family of the Rev. Ann Boutcher, Deacon at St. Paul's, Conway, in your prayers. Ann's husband, Don, died on February 8, 2013, following surgery. The service was held on February 12 at St. Paul's. Don was a devoted member of St. Paul's Church; the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Cursillo Community of SC. He was an active community volunteer of Myrtle Trace, his church and Neighbor to Neighbor. He will always be remembered for his love of life and Adventure (most recently demonstrated with his 80th birthday celebration skydive!) and his undying devotion to his family and friends that will forever live on in their hearts and memories. Read the obituary. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/myrtlebeachonline/obituary-preview.aspx?n=donald-boutcher&pid=162952154&referrer=531#fbLoggedOut
Congratulations to the Rev. Marcus Kaiser and his wife Kim on the birth of their fourth son. Marcus Adam Kaiser, Jr. was born on February 6 weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. In speaking about how wonderful his parish, Holy Comforter, Sumter, was supporting them, Marcus said on his Facebook page, "Ok, it's official... I have the best congregation on the planet. Sorry clergy friends, you can't have them." The Kaisers are doing well - settling in with a little less sleep and one more little one to love.
February 7, 2013
The Rev. Eddie Driggers, who was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese on December 1, 2012 was sworn in as the Police Chief of North Charleston on January 28, 2013. "I thank God for the opportunity to serve," said Chief Driggers. "What I believe is that this job doesn't belong to me it belongs to the people I serve and those who work daily to safeguard our lives on the street. I'm very blessed to play a part in that."
The Rev. Jack Owens has recently accepted God’s call to become the associate rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston. “It has been a true joy being at St. Philip’s, and I will deeply miss the friendships that have grown from this ministry. On the other hand, I can’t express the anticipation that my family and I have as we begin this new chapter of our lives.”
January 24, 2013
The Rev. Rob Dewey was one of 14 individuals honored recently as a recipient of the 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Awards Ceremony. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, who started the MLK Picture Awards 15 years ago said, “These are the unsung heroes and heroines in our community. We should pause, take note and be thankful for them.”The ceremony was held on January 16 at the Burke High School Auditorium in Charleston.
Please keep the Rev. Martha Horn, and her family in your prayers. Martha, who serves as a deacon was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemo on January 21. Martha is married to the Rev. Robert Horn who serves as the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Grahamville.
January 10, 2013
On January 12 Jonathan Bennett will be ordained a deacon at Church of Our Saviour on Johns Island. Jonathan, who recently received his masters of divinity from Trinity School for Ministry, has been called to serve as the Associate Rector of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul’s. This is where Jonathan has done his internships for the past two summers. Though they’ll miss their friends at seminary, Jonathan, his wife Melissa, and their children are looking forward to returning to Charleston.
December 14, 2012
Please keep Bishop Lawrence and his family in your prayers. The Bishop's mother, Bertha Ann Lawrence, died on Wednesday, December 12.The Service for the departed will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Memorials may be made in her honor to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 724 Niles Street, Bakersfield, California, 93305.
November 27, 2012
Keep this man in your prayers! Chaplain Eddie Driggers, who will be ordained a Deacon on Saturday, December 1, and had been serving as Deputy Senior Chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, has been named North Charleston’s new Police Chief. Driggers retired from The Charleston County Sheriff's Office in June of 2006 after serving for 31 years. He has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and received training in hostage negotiations, peer counseling and holds certification as an instructor in Pastoral Crisis Intervention. Eddie had been with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy since May 2008.
November 9, 2012
Please keep the Rev. Jean DeVaty, Associate Rector at St. Luke's, Hilton Head, and her family in your prayers. Jean's father died on October 24.
Please keep Callie Hub, wife of the Rev. Michael Hub, Rector of St. Matthew's, Fort Motte in your prayers. Callie had two back surgeries on November 2 and 5. Pray for her quick recovery.
Please keep the Rev. Michael Ridgill, Rector of St. Bartholomew's, Hartsville, and his family in your prayers. Michael's mother, Mary Ellen Matthews Ridgill, died at noon on Friday, November 9. The funeral will be held on Sunday, November 11 at the First Baptist Church in Manning, SC.
October 23, 2012
Please keep the Rev. Tabitha Wang and her family in your prayers. Tabitha’s father, Feng-yun Chao, died on October 9. Tabitha was in our Diocese at the time of his death, but has returned to Taiwan to be with her family. The funeral will be held on October 22 in Taipei.
September 19, 2013
Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Tabitha Wang who received her doctorate in History on June 27 from Yunnan University in Kunming in The People’s Republic of China. Tabitha was the oldest doctoral student in this university's history. Through her degree project Tabitha told the life story of a Chinese Christian woman who ministered to the hearing impaired and victims of HIV/AIDS in her local region and the effect her faith had on herself, her family, community and, most of all, the despised. In describing her project Tabitha said that she has “a mission to proclaim the glory of God in Jesus Christ now, and through Chinese history from the Han Dynasty when historic record noted the star of Bethlehem shined in the sky at Jesus' nativity, and the darkening of the sky at his Passion, as well as the bright light around the sun after his resurrection. These historic Chinese records not only validate the recordings in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke, but also provide the precise data of the event's date. This gives more historic detail than the Gospel record has provided. On the other hand, the purpose of this project has a focus on the person of Jesus, his ethnographic background as a Jew and his life as the Messiah, as the Lamb of God, the fulfilling of the prophetic revelation of God's salvation, redemption for humanity.”
Tabitha’s project was submitted in electronic format. She is soliciting funds to have the degree project printed in Chinese and have it translated into English and printed for non-Chinese speakers. The cost of these two projects is approximately $8,000. For more information contact The Rev. Bob Lawrence, Chair of the Anglican Communion Development Committee.
August 21, 2012
Bishop Lawrence and his wife, Allison, recently welcomed their twelfth grandchild. Andrew Abel Lawrence, son of Joe and Joette Lawrence, was born on August 9. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz. and was 20” long.
August 10, 2012
Please keep the family of the Rev. Mike Boss, 73, who served as Rector of St. Peter's in West Ashley (now the Church of the Good Shepherd) from 1975-1987 in your prayers. Mike died on August 6 in Jacksonville, FL. A graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, he served churches in St. Augustine, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina, and Jacksonville. Read the obituary.
The Rev. Martha Horn has been assigned to All Saints, Hampton as Deacon-in-charge. The Rev. Sally Putnam, who was serving as Vicar, is stepping down to care for her husband.
Please keep Jackie Woodle, wife of the Rev. Tom Woodle, Priest in Charge of the Well by the Sea, and their family in your prayers. Jackie’s mother, Joan Cradick, age 80, died on July 19. She was living at Grand Strand Health Care. She is survived by her husband, Dewey, Jackie and her sister and two brothers. A private family service was held.
Clergy Conference, 2014
Bishop Ken ClarkeClergy Conference Speaker: October 27-29
The Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, retired bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh and now President of SAMS—Ireland will be the speaker at this fall’s annual Clergy Conference at St. Christopher. He is the author of Going for Growth: Learning from Peter (IVP). A contagious teacher, he led the Daily Bible Studies at last year’s New Wineskins Conference.
Download the agenda.
Register here. To learn more contact Beth Snyder.
Clergy News, July 20, 2012
The following obituary appeared in the Post and Courier on July 20, 2012.
Archie Lee Chandler, a former chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012. He was 89.
Born Dec. 16, 1922, in Orangeburg, he was the son of William E. Chandler and Ella Rowe Dukes. He graduated from Greenville High School, George Washington University and the South Carolina School of Law.
Chandler was a member of The Citadel’s “Class that Never Was,” intending to graduate in 1944, but the entire class was called up to active Army duty during World War II. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He practiced law in Greenville and Darlington before being elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the 4th Judicial Circuit in 1976, the S.C. Supreme Court in 1984, and was elevated to chief justice in 1994.
After his retirement, Chandler graduated from the Vocation Diaconate School of the Diocese of S.C. in 1999 and was ordained as a deacon and served at St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Darlington and St. Andrews Church of Mount Pleasant.
He is survived by his wife, Martha N. Wilkins Chandler, daughter Jane Chandler Rouse and son-in-law Robert W. Rouse, grandson Robert W. Rouse Jr. and his wife Pendleton Shiflett Rouse and great-granddaughter Elizabeth W. Rouse.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthews Church in Darlington. Arrangements are being handled by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington.
Clergy News, August 21, 2012
Bishop Lawrence and his wife, Allison, recently welcomed their twelfth grandchild. Andrew Abel Lawrence, son of Joe and Joette Lawrence, was born on August 9. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz. and was 20” long.