Rev. Charlie F. Candler (’38), a retired South Carolina Baptist pastor, was a faithful supporter of his alma mater. He died on November 20, 1998, at the age of 92.
The college was the recipient of a check in the amount of $130,000, which was presented to college president, Dr. Jimmy Epting by Martha Candler Boling (’57), Candler’s daughter. This presentation was made during the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon.
Candler came to the campus of North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1933. He was called to the ministry at the age of 33 and left a secure job and uprooted his wife, Lorene, and children to pursue a college education. He had received little formal education and decided that North Greenville Baptist Academy would meet his needs. It was with the help of Miss Harlee Cooper, his English teacher, he was able to catch up with other students in his reading and writing. Miss Cooper and several other teachers spent countless hours tutoring and encouraging him in his studies. He persevered and after completing his studies at North Greenville Baptist Academy and North Greenville Junior College, he continued his education at Furman University.
He spent his life seeking to share God’s love in any way he could. He served as pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Greer, Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ware Shoals, Park Street Baptist Church in Easley, Siloam Baptist Church in Rock Hill, and Hopewell Baptist Church in Seneca. After retiring, he served twenty-three Baptist churches as interim pastor. He continued serving as an interim pastor until failing eyesight made reading and traveling difficult for him.
Candler was grateful for the start he received at North Greenville Baptist Academy and North Greenville College. He would often share that if not for the generosity and support of his family and friends, his education would not have been possible. He was also quick to point out that if not for the guiding hands of North Greenville Baptist Academy President, Dr. M. C. Donnan and the faithful faculty and staff, he would have never persevered the many hardships he faced.
The gift was placed in the Rev. Charlie and Lorene O. Candler Endowment Fund. It will yield scholarship dollars forever as the principal is invested and the interest income is used each year to provide scholarship dollars to worthy and needy students. The scholarship is designated for students seeking a degree in the Christian Studies area.
Article published in the September 1999 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.