The Rev. Antoine Murray called to glory

Written by Administrator on September 20th, 2015

The Rev. Antoine Murray

The Rev. Antoine Murray

Tragic news today of the passing of the Rev. Antoine Murray, a son of Shady Grove with family relations throughout the church family, including being the son-in-law of Dea. and Mrs. Arthur Dover.

The Rev. Murray was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Spartanburg and served in the youth ministry when he accepted the call to preach. In 2001, he joined Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he continued to minister. He attended Emmanuel Baptist College and American Baptist College and Seminary.

We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

The Rev. Antoine Murray and wife, Anne

The Rev. Antoine Murray and wife, Anne



Association to honor the Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Written by Administrator on September 18th, 2015
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Shady Grove’s own Rev. London C. Knuckles will be honored by the 138th Annual Session of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association. The Rev. Knuckles, who died in June of this year, is being recognized for his 45 years of service to the Association.

The session will be held Sept. 26-30, 2015, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Gaffney. The Rev. Freddy Davidson is their pastor.

This year’s theme is “Envisioning the Future Exceptionally,” focusing on the process for progress, taken from Genesis 26:13, “The man began to prosper and continued prospering and he became very prosperous.”

The Rev. Tony Macomson is moderator of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association.


Byers Family Reunion to worship at Shady Grove

Written by Administrator on July 6th, 2015

Rev. Hazel Logan Sr. will be the guest speaker for the Byers Family Reunion at Shady Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Logan is the Associate Pastor of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Grover, N.C., under Senior Pastor William Thompson. He completed theological and seminary studies through the Gaston Baptist Association and was ordained in 1996.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this service.

Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is Pastor


Graduates, student achievers to be honored

Written by Administrator on July 6th, 2015

Shady Grove Baptist Church will honor 2015 Graduates and 4th Nine Weeks Outstanding Students Sunday, July 12th, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Graduates and their parents will be recognized.

The Education Committee is coordinating the event and will provide awards for each student honored.

Hyacinth Phillips is Education Committee President.
Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor


Obituary: ‘Minister and Man of God, Humanitarian’ L.C. Knuckles

Written by Administrator on June 26th, 2015

The Rev. London Columbus (L.C.) Knuckles, 94 of 193 Shady Grove Road was called from labor to reward on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at his home.

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Son of the late John Spurgeon Knuckles and Julia Wilkins McJimpsey Knuckles, he was born on October 12, 1920 in Cherokee Springs, S. C. (Spartanburg County).

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary GaffneyKnuckles. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Dr. Mary Knuckles Jones and husband Lucious of Gaffney; Lee Clinton Knuckles and wife Sara of Sumter, SC., and Grace V. Knox and late husband Macon Knox of Lanham, Maryland.

Also surviving are grandchildren Hyacinth Jones Phillips and husband Al of Gaffney, Sommer Jones ofFort Mill, SC, Savitri Bostick  and husband Dr. Anthony Bostick of Tega Cay, SC., Lucia Jacobs and husband Gregory of Irmo, SC, Sergeant First Class Lee Knuckles, Jr. and wife Johnetta, of Columbia, SC ; Sara Hunter and husband 1st Sergeant ( Retired) Marvin Hunter of Virginia Beach, VA, and great grandchildren: Maya Bostick, USC-Columbia; Jabari Bostick, Tega Cay; Citadel Cadet Nigel Bostick, Charleston, SC; and AkilahBostick, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC.  Also Willie Bernard Wright, Rock Hill, Cori, Lee Knuckles III, Jazmin Brown, Sonalli and Nandi Knuckles; Columbia; Skyla Grace Phillips and Jaila Phillips, Gaffney/Spartanburg; Solomon, Jasmine, and DeAngelo Jacobs of Columbia; and Brittney and Brianna Hunter of Virginia Beach, VA and a host of other relatives and friends.

London Columbus, known as “L.C.” to family and friends, received his early education at Foster’s Grove School and joined the Foster’s Grove Baptist Church at an early age.  There he received his early religious training and loved sharing those valuable lessons of life with others, oftentimes in the form of poetry and rhymes.  He loved his teachers and always reminisced about the experiences he enjoyed.  “L. C.” had a penchant for telling jokes and stories and always seemed to be able to recall an appropriate story to tell on any occasion.  Family members and friends always loved hearing stories about the rustic living in the rural countryside of Cherokee Springs.

After his marriage to Mary Gaffney in 1939, he joined Shady Grove Baptist Church in Gaffney where he served as Adult Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Chairman of the Deacon Board, for more than twenty years. During these years, he realized the calling on his life to preach and live the Word of God.  While employed by the Cherokee Memorial Hospital, this calling grew as he served and ministered to the patients he cared for. There he made many friends and met many needs.

During this time, he accepted God’s call to preach the gospel, and in 1960, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then he said, “Here I am! Send me,” Isaiah 6:8.

Recognizing the need for more schooling, he returned to school and earned his high school diploma in May 1968 from the Cherokee County Adult Education program. Later he attended Gardner-Webb University, Southern Baptist Convention Seminary Extension, and Mid-Atlantic Baptist Theological Seminary.   In 1987, he was awarded the Associate of Arts Religion Degree and the Bachelor of Arts Religion Degree in May 1988.  He also received the Certificate of Completion in Pastoral Counseling.

His pastoral ministry began at the Haynes Grove Baptist Church in Cliffside, NC around 1965, and he pastored Palmer Grove Baptist Church in Lawndale, NC; Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Bessemer City, NC; Foster’s Grove Baptist Church in Cherokee Springs, SC; and worked with New Vernon Baptist Church in Bostick, NC. He poured his whole heart and soul into his ministries, and gave all he had to build up the kingdom of Christ.

Upon retiring from his pastoral positions, he began a radio ministry which aired for more than 25 years each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM on WEAC-AM Radio Station, Gaffney South Carolina until the station ceased. Rev. Knuckles retired from the pastoral vineyard, but not from numerous other ministries honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Rev. Knuckles worked passionately in numerous areas of the Lord’s vineyard.  He organized the Cherokee County Consistory #267 along with Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, Sr., and served as its Commander in Chief and as Senior Warden of the Limestone Masonic Lodge #117 for many years.

In 1996, he was awarded a plaque and lifetime membership for his years of dedication and outstanding service, and in 2011, received a plaque and 50 Year Masonic Pin for his service of more than 60 years.  He received the citation for a 32nd Degree Mason in May of 1997.  He was a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministerial Alliance, Cherokee County Ministerial Alliance, a ten (10) year volunteer chaplain with Upstate Carolina Medical Center, and served also as chaplain for Brown Packing Company of Gaffney.

He was a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association and was honored for more than 50 years of meritorious service during the 136th session of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association in 2013, serving as secretary of the association, a member of the Trustee Board, and in other capacities.  He also served on the Executive Board of the Burning Bush Ministry, Limestone Cemetery Foundation, and received numerous awards including a citation for being most instrumental in the Shady Grove Church mortgage debt elimination, the Cluggeon Black Senior Citizens Award, the Shady Grove Church ‘Mighty Oak’ Award, committed service to the Limestone Cemetery Foundation, Knuckles Family Reunion, Rices/Gaffney/Fernanders/Linder-Family Reunion, and a retirement plaque in appreciation for 28 years of employee service presented by B.D. Lee School, Cherokee County School District.

In recognition of his dedication and commitment, Shady Grove Baptist Church named its fellowship hall, the London C. Knuckles Fellowship Hall and Life Center in 2011.

Rev. Knuckles worked tirelessly serving God, family, church, and community with his wife by his side … “living in a house by the side of the road and being a friend to man.”

He was selfless in his passion and zeal to make this world a better place.  He loved his family and his fellow man and took special care and pride in serving and teaching God’s word.  He believed in the benefits of hard work that produced strong character and lofty principles.  He always went the extra mile and left no stones unturned on behalf of those who needed him.

His services to mankind were many, visiting the prison-bound, the sick in nursing homes, the weak and lonely, helping the rejected, initiating projects to right wrongs, ease pain, heal broken hearts, help build churches, encourage the weak, lift the fallen, convert the unsaved, preach forgiveness,and extend an outstretched hand to anyone who needed or requested his help.

Rev. L. C. Knuckles loved the Lord, and he loved humanity.

He would often say:

“I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears-
Both parts of an infinite plan;-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man”

(A verse by Sam Walter Foss)

The family wishes to thank his daughter and son in law, Mary and Lucious Jones, who cared for him daily over the long years; daughter Grace Knox, who also assisted; Ms. Nellie Sarratt, Mrs. Jacquelyn Graham, and Hospice Care of South Carolina.


Funeral arrangements for the Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Written by Administrator on June 26th, 2015

The funeral for the Rev. London C. Knuckles will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends.

Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., Thickety Mountain Association Moderator Tony Macomson, the Rev. Mary Jefferies, Pastor Dorothy Brewton, the Rev. Mills McHam, and the Rev. Dr. James Sanders, Jr., Shady Grove’s associate ministers and others.


The Rev. L.C. Knuckles passes

Written by Administrator on June 24th, 2015

It is with much regret we report that Rev. London C. Knuckles passed earlier today. He has gone to join his wife and Holy Father in Heaven. Please pray for his earthly family and the Shady Grove Baptist Church family. We’ll post more information as it becomes available.


Phillips to speak for Father’s Day Service

Written by Administrator on June 17th, 2015

Minister Al Phillips, Associate Minister at Shady Grove will speak during the church’s annual Father’s Day Service Sunday June 21st during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The program theme is: “Looking for a Few Good Men” – The Challenge to be a Man of God.”

Minister Phillips has served in the Shady Grove vineyard including the Sunday School, Van Ministry, Usher Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, Armor Bearer Ministry, Sound/Video Ministry, Trustee Ministry, and was ordained into the Deacons Ministry in 2012.

Phillips initially ministered to the community through his work as a medical technician, personal trainer, bodybuilder, and fitness instructor. He shared the word of God in neighborhoods, at church activities, association programs, and town hall events speaking in churches to youth and civic groups emphasizing that our bodies are the temples of God.

He is married to Hyacinth Jones Phillips and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Al is the son of the Late Albert and Shirley Goodman.

The Shady Grove Men’s Ministry will be in charge of the Father’s Day worship service. All fathers will receive special recognition.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Deacon James Pearson is Chairman of the Deacons Ministry


Trustee Thompson receives Humanitarian Award

Written by Administrator on June 17th, 2015

Jay Thompson, a Trustee at Shady Grove Baptist Church, recently received ‘The Humanitarian Award.’

Thompson was cited for his commitment to the church. In presenting the award, Senior Missionary Ministry President Dorothy Manning stated that Thompson takes seriously his responsibilities and continually exercises oversight and care of the church’s properties, buildings, grounds, and equipment.

She indicated that he daily monitors to assure that all is well and exemplifies extreme love and concern for his church.

The Senior Missionary Ministry presents this award annually to a deserving and committed person who shows extreme commitment and concern for the church, or for individuals who are sick and /or in need in the community.

Last year’s Humanitarian Award winner was Deaconess Kathy Byers.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Pastors to speak on ‘Whole Armor of God’ May 31st

Written by Administrator on May 20th, 2015

The Pulpit Aid Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church will present a program, “The Whole Armor of God” on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Guest speakers will be

  • the Rev. James Sarratt from Mikes Creek Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Brenda Miller from Lewis Chapel Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Derrick Wood from Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • Minister Verlinda Mintz from Concord Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Tina Posey, associate minister at Grace Community Church, Spartanburg
  • the Revs. Albert Phillips and Darrett Lattimore, associate ministers at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Each speaker ‘s choir will give a short musical selection before they speak.

Everyone is cordially invited to come out and share in this joyous occasion. We look forward to having you fellowship with us.

Julitan Foster, President
The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr., Pastor


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