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Longtime Upstate Pastor Ernest Carswell passes away at 82; visitation to be held Saturday

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Pastor Ernest Carswell. (Source: First Taylors Baptist Facebook) Pastor Ernest Carswell. (Source: First Taylors Baptist Facebook)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Longtime Upstate Pastor Ernest Carswell passed away at age 82 on Monday, the church confirmed.

Pastor Carswell was born in Quitman, Georgia. He was pastor at Taylors First Baptist Church from 1972 to 2000.

They said during his time there, the church's new and larger worship center was built and they greatly expanded their mission work.

Here is the fill statement from the church:

"The Taylors First Baptist Church family is heavy-hearted as we consider the loss of Dr. Ernest Carswell, Pastor Emeritus. “He was an amazing shepherd to his people and faithful kingdom servant to the One who has called him home” states Pastor Paul Jimenez.

He faithfully served as pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church for twenty-eight years, from 1972–2000. Under his leadership the church grew to become one of the most mission–minded and respected churches in the southeastern United States. During his tenure, the present four–steeple worship center was constructed, a symbol of the vision Dr. Carswell cast of the church reaching all four corners of the earth.

Dr. Carswell left a legacy of faithfulness and service as a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather and pastor."

The family will receive friends on Saturday during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.mm at Mackey Mortuary.

Funeral services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Taylors First Baptist Church Worship Center. He will be laid to rest in the church's cemetery.

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