Rev. Dr. Trenton L. Connelly

Rev. Dr. Trenton L. Connelly

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Williamston, SC

Rev. Dr. Trenton Lavern Connelly, 81, passed away January 22, 2023.

A native of Pickens, son of the late Ivy Lee and Addie Simmons Connelly, Mr. Connelly attended North Greenville College where he received his associate degree in 1963, Furman University receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1965, New Orleans Baptist Seminary receiving his TH. M. degree in 1969, and Luther Rice Seminary receiving his D. Min. degree in 1981. He ministered at West Union Baptist, West Union, SC; Poe Baptist Church, Greenville, SC; Clearview Baptist Church, Travelers Rest, SC; Cashiers Baptist Church, Cashiers, NC; Northwood Baptist Church, Greer, SC; Westside Baptist Church, Union, SC; and Praters Creek Baptist Church, Pickens, SC. He was a retired Baptist minister and a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. It is his greatest desire that everyone who reads this obituary will also know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior so that we can all be united together in Heaven eternally.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Cox Connelly of the home; two sons, Michael Lee Connelly (Joy) of Spartanburg and Steven Mark Connelly (Tamara) of Taylors; a daughter, Linda Connelly Matthews (Mark) of Lyman; a stepson, Daniel Fowler (Taylor) of Williamston, SC; a stepdaughter, Dana Crawford of Pelzer; a brother, Rev. Randall Jack Connelly (Violet) of Easley; eight grandchildren, Cami Ponder Shook, Caden Ponder, Lydia Connelly, Ivey Connelly, Thomas Connelly, EllaKate Fowler, Sadler Grace Fowler, and Jacob Alexander; and six great-grandchildren, Makon Connelly, Malaki Connelly, Asher White, Remi Shook, Radlee Shook, and Juniper Alexander.

Mr. Connelly was predeceased by his first wife, Malinda Joyce Owens Connelly; one grandson, Trent Daniel Connelly; one great-granddaughter, Preslee Jane Connelly; and son-in-law, Joel Matthew Crawford.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Northwood Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jack Connelly, Rev. Jim Carpenter, and Dr. Billy Dickerson. Burial will follow in Wood Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the church.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 13024 Highway 20, Belton, SC 29627.

Online condolences may be made at

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