Wofford University, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has an online obituary index for obituaries published in the Southern Christian Advocate and its successor the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. The following is from the website:
"The Archives maintains an index of obituaries that have appeared in the Methodist Conference newspaper, the Southern Christian Advocate, since its inception in 1837, and in its successor newspaper, the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. The Advocate covered South Carolina and Georgia until about 1887, and the southern part of North Carolina until about 1870."
The newspapers containing the obituaries have not been digitized, but can be ordered for a small fee.