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Rev. Maurice Fred DeFoor, Sr.

Rev. Maurice F. DeFoor, Sr. 

Laurens, SC


Rev. Maurice F. DeFoor, Sr., 87, passed away Friday, March 18, 2022, at Martha Franks Retirement Community, Laurens, SC. 


Rev. DeFoor was born in Westminster, SC, and grew up in Eastanollee, GA, as the second youngest of ten children. Called to pastoral ministry as a young man, he graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC, in 1958. He married the late Eleanor Haulbrook in 1954, and together they had four children. He moved his family to Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1969. Rev. DeFoor was pastor of churches in Georgia, Kentucky, and South and North Carolina. He completed his ministerial career as Senior Chaplain for the Allendale Correctional Facility in SC. His wife of 54 years, Eleanor, died in 2007. He wed the former Barbara M. Stephens, of Seneca, SC, in 2008.

Rev. DeFoor was a gifted preacher and teacher who in his pastoral ministry and beyond modeled a servant heart, a great love for people, and an awe-inspiring faith in his Creator God. He shared his love for the Lord faithfully, creatively, lovingly. He loved gardening and crafting with wood. Rev. DeFoor  loved his family dearly. 


Rev. DeFoor is survived by his children: M. Fred DeFoor, Jr. (Cindy) of Columbia, SC; Claire (Ed) Niven, Charlotte, NC; Denise (Terry) Holliday, Fairview, NC; and David (Cindy) M. DeFoor, Raleigh, NC. He is further survived by grandchildren Clare D. (Travis) Eggleston, Athens, GA; Judith DeFoor, Simpsonville, SC; Sally Niven, Charlotte, NC; Adam (Megan) Holliday, Columbus, OH; Ellie (Bryan Haydon) Holliday, Lexington, KY; Walter (Amelia) DeFoor, Rockville, MD; William (Ashley) DeFoor, Winston-Salem, NC; and by great grandchildren Maggie Eggleston, Reece Eggleston, Declan Holliday, and Leo DeFoor. He is also survived by his loving wife, Barbara Stephens DeFoor, of Seneca, SC. He is also survived by his brother, Dan (Joynie) DeFoor of Jacksonville, FL, and a large number of nieces and nephews, along with grand-nieces and nephews. 


A memorial service is planned for The Chapel at Martha Franks, on Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11:00 am. The family will receive friends after the service. 


The family is deeply grateful to the staff of Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens, SC, for their love and care since 2019; to the staff of the South Carolina Baptist Ministries of Aging, a ministry of the South Carolina Baptist Convention; and to Lutheran Hospice of SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to www.SCBMA.com, or mailed to "SCBMA, 190 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC, 29210".  


Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com



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Sorry for your loss.It was a honor to care for him.He was a sweet caring .man. Loved to sit and talk to him.He is definitely missed!

Kelli Holliday Apr 1 2022 7:58 AM

Thinking and praying for the family of Mr. DeFoor . He will be missed by many at Martha Franks Retirement Center

Karen Nix Mar 23 2022 11:12 PM

So sorry for y'alls lost. Mr. Defoor will be missed. He was such a sweet loving man. Praying that God will give y'all the strength durning this time.

Cndi Norton Mar 19 2022 7:47 PM

So sorry for your loss. He will long be remembered.

Kelly Brown Mar 19 2022 7:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Maurice DeFoor

Sandra Laws Mar 19 2022 7:15 PM