Dr. William S. H. Piper Is with Jesus

Dr. Bill Piper
Obituary for the Greenville (S. C.) News, written by John Piper

William Solomon Hottle Piper, 88, of Shepherd’s Care, Greenville, S. C., died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Widowed twice, he was preceded in death by Ruth M. Piper and LaVonne N. Piper. He leaves a daughter, Beverly Bowers, married to Bob; a son, John, married to Noël; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and thousands of spiritual children who trusted Jesus through his ministry.

In Bethlehem, Penn., Pastor Albert and Emma Piper had three sons, Harold, Elmer, and Bill. All three are now with the Lord Jesus.

Called as a fifteen-year-old, Bill Piper gave his life to full-time, itinerant, Christ-exalting evangelism. He graduated with deep appreciation from Bob Jones University, from which he also received an honorary doctorate.

He edited the periodical The Rod of God, published books of sermons, led inspirational tours to Israel, created Bible study materials used around the world, and for two-and-a-half decades, served as founder and president of ROGMA, International, which has trained thousands of church leaders in Bible doctrine.

He would want us to say, in the words of his hero, the apostle Paul, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” We who knew him best loved him most.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church, Wade Hampton Blvd., in Greenville, S. C., with his pastor Brent Armstrong of Oakwood Baptist Church in Anderson officiating and John Piper speaking. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 8, 2007, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive. Memorials are thankfully directed to ROGMA, International, PO Box 2008, Easley, SC, 29641.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.