Blackville pastor remembered

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, July 12, 2007.

Barnwell, CO.---Community in Blackville remembers pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church after he was found dead last Friday. Authorities say 51-year-old preacher, Phillip McCreary was shot once in the back of the head while fishing.

Everyday except Sunday, McCreary's wife Anne, says you could find her husband fishing at his favorite spot. "He said he went there because it's peaceful and he could talk to God," said McCreary's sister Mary McCreary-Jones.

So when the associate pastor never made it back home on Friday night, his wife knew exactly where to find him, "It was devastating," she said.

Authorities say his body was found near the banks of the Edisto River off Highway 39. "I don't understand why someone would do this to a man of God, shoot him in the back of the head then go away?" said McCreary-Jones.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll says they still haven't been able to find a motive or witnesses to the shooting, making it difficult to find out what happened to the preacher. "Whoever did this, turn yourself in you think no one saw you but God saw you and it's gonna come out," said McCreary-Jones.

Funeral services for McCreary will be held on Friday at 2pm in the auditorium of the Blackville Hilda High School. He will be buried at the Oakey Spring Baptist Church in Springfield.


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  • by Elaine Location: SC on Jul 16, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    It's such a pity when a man( Any man) has his life ended in such a manner. And for someone to send such a crude remark as "Mannie" did is even sadder. We have to ask ourselves what would bring a person to such hardness of heart? This minister was a fellow human being with a family who loved him. I am ashamed to know that anyone would try and reduce the value of his exsistence as you did. May God have mercy on you Mannie. I hope you never suffer the same horror of losing someone you love in this manner. Your pregidous is very evident in the remark you made. It was neither funny nor effective. It just shows that your heart is cold and in need of repentance. I hope you realize that very soon.
  • by Mannie on Jul 15, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    Maybe he was laying hands on the sistas!
  • by Tammy Location: Virginia on Jul 15, 2007 at 08:59 AM
    I've been reading the Augusta news since the Samara Jones case. I see so many young men and women are just being killed senseless. It has been taken to another level when we now start murdering ministers. Young people what are we doing why are we destroying ourselves. God is the judge and will have the final say. My opinion, I feel that the laws we have in place now. Prevent parents from disicipline their kids contribute to alot and increasing crime rate. Parent need to have that control back. Not to abuse your kids but to be able to disicipline. What's wrong with a spanking it didn't kill nor hurt me? Change the laws on what you consider abuse because we are losing our kids.
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