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Pastor, former Anderson Co. NAACP president passes away

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Rev. Dr. James Rich (Source: Rich-Colonial Funeral Home) Rev. Dr. James Rich (Source: Rich-Colonial Funeral Home)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A longtime Upstate pastor and civil rights activist passed away at 85 years old.

Reverend Dr. James O. Rich was born in Sumter and took his first position as an assistant minister at Trinity Baptist Church in 1945. Rich later moved to the Upstate where he served as pastor of Saint Paul Baptist Church for 47 years in Anderson.

He also served as pastor at Second Baptist Church in Hartsville and Mount Rona Baptist Church in Florence.

Civil rights was another calling, in addition to faith, in Rich's life. He served as president of the Anderson County chapter of the NAACP from 22 years. According to his obituary, being born during segregation in Sumter led to his passion for fighting injustice.

Rich passed away on Aug. 4. Arrangements are being handled by Rich-Colonial Funeral Home.

Public viewings will be held Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home on South McDuffie Street and from noon until 8 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church on West Reed Street.

Rich will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park after a funeral service at Boulevard Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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