DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, had only been a member of Emanuel AME Church for several months when she became a minister there in 2015.
But it didn’t take long for her to make a lasting impression on the church, especially when she sang.
Her voice was "so angelic it could move the very depth of your heart," a friend once said. "How do you describe an angel?"
Worshipers and friends said Middleton-Doctor could instantly move an audience to stand, clap and even cry with her angelic voice, a gift she used since she was a little girl to sing gospel music.
Middleton-Doctor retired in 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program, and later worked as an admissions coordinator for Southern Wesleyan’s Charleston learning center.
She is survived by four daughters.