Rev. Buckner Fanning. Courtesy photo.

Buckner Fanning, Prominent Spiritual Leader, Dies at Age 89

The Rev. Buckner Fanning, one of the state’s leading spiritual leaders of the late 20th century and the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 40 years, died Sunday at the age of 89.┬áHe had been in declining health and out of public life for some years, and in August he suffered a stroke and moved to an assisted living center.