RIP: Former Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Edward L. Salmon Jr.

By ENS staff
Posted Jun 29, 2016
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr.

The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr.

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr., 13th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, died June 29 in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 82.

A memorial Eucharist for Bishop Salmon will be held July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina. The Rev. Dow Sanderson will preach.

The Church of St. Michael and St. George near St. Louis will keep a vigil beginning July 6 and funeral services will follow on July 7.

Salmon was born in Natchez, Mississippi, on Jan. 30, 1934. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, and was ordained a deacon in 1960 and priest 1961 in the Diocese of Arkansas.

He served a number of congregations in Arkansas in the 1960s and 1970s: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Rogers; St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Springdale; and Grace Episcopal Church, Siloam Springs. He served as associate rector and rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville from 1968-1978, then went to the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, Missouri, where he was rector from 1978-89.

He was elected as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina on Sept. 9, 1989, and consecrated Feb. 24, 1990. He served until January 2008. In retirement he continued as a member of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church and participated in the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City last summer.

Four years after Salmon left the South Carolina see, his successor Mark Lawrence led a number of diocese members out of the Episcopal Church in dispute over policy decisions made by the wider church. Those who wished to remain in The Episcopal Church are now part of what is known as The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, so named since Jan. 26, 2013, as part of on-going litigation related to the dispute.

Bishop Provisional Charlie vonRosenberg of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina said June 29 that Salmon had served in South Carolina during a significant part of his time as bishop of East Tennessee, and thus they were colleagues. “Ed had a unique leadership style among bishops, and he could be counted on to offer his particular point of view on most matters,” he said in a statement. “His perspectives and personality were assets among his fellow bishops. He will certainly be missed.”

In 2007, Salmon was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto. He served on the board of Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, North Carolina, and in leadership positions at schools and organizations including the University of the South, Voorhees College, Porter-Gaud School, Bishop Gadsden retirement community, York Place, and the Province IV House of Bishops. He served as dean of Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin from 2011-2014. He also chaired the Anglican Digest board of trustees for many years.

He married Louise Hack in 1972 and they have two children, Catherine and Edward, III.


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  1. Carolyn Duty Banks says:

    I first met Ed when he lived next door to my parents, Lois and Jeff Duty. He and my father became fast friends. I know they missed him when he moved to Fayetteville but I teased them that their loss was our gain. My son served as an acolyte at Ed’s wedding to Louise. My husband and I spent many good evenings at Ed’s dinner table and in fireside conversations. We missed him when he moved to St. Louis….and I still miss him. He was a good man.

  2. carolyn yost says:

    I knew ED in Springdale, Arkansas,,he and my late husband were good friends, in fact my husband built the rectory for him in Rogers, Arkansas,,many meals we shared with him. He was a strong influence in my husband studying for the diaconate. We visited with him several times in Charleston..He will be missed. God bless

  3. I will always appreciate the role that Bishop Salmon played in my ordination to the priesthood in Charleston in 1998. It is a shame, however, that even in his obituary the Episcopal News Service continues its disingenuous reporting of how the Diocese of South Carolina left the Episcopal Church. The phrase “Mark Lawrence led a number of diocesan members out” of the church sounds as if he somehow duped a small group of individuals into departing. The truth of the matter is that the duly constituted Diocesan Convention voted overwhelmingly to leave, by a vote representing over 80 percent of diocesan membership. The minority who wished to remain in the national church boycotted the convention, which I covered as a journalist for the Episcopal Journal. The departure was an act of Diocesan Convention, not the whimsy or caprice of deluded followers of Bishop Lawrence, as ENS continues to suggest in news stories.

  4. Charles Jeffress says:

    Greatest Christian Gentleman I’ve ever met ! “Good night sweet prince , And bands of angels sing thee to thy rest”

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