The Very Reverend Frank F. Limehouse
Frank F. Limehouse, III, born in 1943, was reared in Orangeburg, SC. After high school and a brief stint in the US Army (Reserves) he finished Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, where he played varsity golf and majored in English. Upon graduation he went immediately into the family business, a third-generation retail clothing store that his grandfather opened in 1922. A dedicated businessman, Frank endured what he calls “the turbulent twenty”. The “turbulent twenty” were twenty years of good business but times of personal struggle. Among other things, he struggled mightily with religion and identified himself as a “militant agnostic.” He married Jane Mewborne in 1973, a Christian, who prayerfully arranged for Frank to play golf with the rector of the church she attended. As God would have it, the rector asked Frank a question on the ninth hole: “Frank, what is your problem? Is it Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?” That question, which seemingly came “out of nowhere”, would eventually lead to Frank’s conversion.*
After several years of intense study, Frank and Jane sold their house, liquidated the business, and enrolled in Virginia Theological Seminary. After seminary and ordination, Frank served as Assistant Rector of St James Episcopal Parish, Charleston, SC; Rector of St. Bartholomew’s, Hartsville, SC; Rector of The Parish Church of St. Helena’s, Beaufort, SC, Dean of The Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, AL. He “retired” in January 2015. At least he thought he had retired. The old saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” holds true for Frank. In February 2017, he accepted a call as the Chaplain of Christ Memorial Chapel. Exodus 23:20!
Frank has two adult children: A daughter, MacLean Limehouse Williams, Frank Limehouse, IV, and one granddaughter, Emma.
* (For a copy of a CD of Frank’s life and conversion, entitled, “My Journey from Agnosticism to Christianity”, call the Chapel office.)