On Thursday, the Christian Worship Hour posted a letter from Pastor Harold Salem, dated December 8, in which the Aberdeen TV preacher said he had been hospitalized on Thursday, December 3, with pneumonia and covid-19.
Yesterday the Christian Worship Hour announced that Salem died at home on Friday, December 18, at 5:30 a.m.
The local media, strangely, chose not to mention the salient fact that coronavirus had stricken this prominent public figure:
The Rev. Harold Salem, a longtime pastor and voice of the Christian Worship Hour, died Friday morning.
Salem had been in the hospital about 2 1/2 weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia, according to Bill Edwards, president of the Christian Worship Hour.
Salem, who turned 99 this summer, started as a pastor at 23 [Elisa Sand, “Long-Time Pastor, Rev. Harold Salem Dies,” Aberdeen American News via Hub City Radio, 2020.12.18].
As the pandemic persists, it is important that we emphasize to our community the ongoing danger coronavirus poses. Reminding the community that this disease has taken a well-known and well-loved pastor may help persuade a few more of our neighbors to mask up, or stay home, or take other precautions that would help contain the pandemic and save us from the loss of more of our friends and neighbors.