Eralphia L. Eckles, Jr. was born and raised in Florence, SC and has been a lifelong member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Timmonsville, SC. The pastor is Reverend Darron Dixon.
Eralphia is a member of the the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Deacon Board and is currently the president of the Pee Dee Deacons Board. As a member of the Pee Dee Deacons Board he serves on the board’s President’s Council. He also serves on the Pee Dee Association Executive Board of Directors. He’s a member of the National Board of Deacons and is a member of the Banquet Committee. He is also a member of the local Rotary Club.
Eralphia’s past service included being president of Mt. Carmel’s Pastor’s Aid Club and Trustee Board. He also served on the Pee Dee Mental Health Board of Directors and was Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Leatherman Center.
Eralphia is a graduate of Wilson High School and Claflin College where he earned a BA degree in Social Work. After graduating from Claflin College, he became a Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs where he worked for 30 years.
Eralphia’s favorite’s scripture is Phillipians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”