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Friends call the Rev. Elton Lane a devout man of God, who served just as faithfully in retirement as an interim minister of a dozen different churches as he did God-fearing, selfless service as a full time pastor.
Lane, 82, a former pastor of White Springs Baptist Church, died Sunday, June 8.
The Rev. Curtis Cameron Sr., former minister of Sherwood Baptist Church, said he and Lane were longtime friends.
“Brother Elton and myself have been friends in the Lord since 1972,” he said proudly. “He was there for me as a brother when I needed him and I was there as a brother when he needed me.”
Cameron said the cowboy boot-wearing Lane was “a man who loved to shout, ‘Amen!’” and led the congregation of White Springs Baptist Church in the Erwin Farm community for more than 20 years.
The two were very close friends, Cameron said.
“I helped with his son, Micah’s ordination and we went to conventions together,” he said.
Cameron insisted there were two things he could say with assurance about Lane.
“He was a man of integrity and he’s in glory,” Cameron said.
Rev. Larry Helm, minister of the senior adult ministry and pastoral care at Second Baptist Church, recalled fond memories of Lane in his later life.
“We all knew him and he was one that was hard to miss when he came in (to church) with his cowboy boots and hat,” Helm chuckled and said. “He always said, ‘Amen’ to the minister during preaching.”
Lane was one who could testify and agree to the word of God that he had preached for more than 45 years at different churches from the Upstate of South Carolina to Georgia. He was highly respected as a pastor who loved people.
Helm said after Lane retired from the ministry full time, he began attending Second Baptist Church unless he was called on to fill in as a interim pastor at other churches, which he often did.
“When he was not here, we knew why,” Helm said.
Helm said Lane eventually went to live at an assisted-living center for seniors.
“He was a blessing even as I visited him at Morningside,” Helm said. “He was an awesome person.”
Funeral services for Lane are 2 p.m. today, June 11, at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, with the Revs. Donald Tillman, Micah Lane and Helm officiating. Burial is in Lancaster Memorial Park.
Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152