Pastor William Lee Stevens “Pastor Bill,” 81, Warsaw, went home to be with the Lord at 5:37 a.m. July 29, 2014, at Grace Village Rehab, Winona Lake.
He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Tulsa, Okla., to Paul and Kathryn Cooper Stevens. On June 7, 1957, he married Shirley Walter Stevens, his wife of 57 years, who survives in Warsaw.
He was a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., receiving his bachelor’s degree in speech and Bible studies. He attended the Terry Art Institute in Miami, Fla., on scholarship, and he also received a scholarship to the Art Student League in New York City. He continued his education at Mexico City University, and he attended Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif.
He gave up a promising career in art when he felt the Lord calling him to preach. He pastored in Taos, N.M.; Gardena, Calif.; Portis, Kan.; Lake Odessa, Mich.; Brooksville, Fla.; Conemaugh, Pa.; and Harrison Center Church, Etna Green. He was a member of Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw. He loved God's word and read through the Bible for many years. One person said of him, “If you pricked Pastor Bill with a fork...scripture would come out.”
He leaves behind three sons: Timothy (and spouse Lisa) Stevens, Dublin, Calif.; Philip (and spouse Deb) Stevens, Dorr, Mich.; Mark (and spouse Diane) Stevens, Middleville, Mich.; one daughter, Rebecca Stevens, Warsaw; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Susan (and spouse Tom) Briody, Shady Cove, Ore.; and Deloris (and spouse Sam) McCamish, Yorba Linda, Calif. He loved his family dearly and spoke of them as his gifts. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lisa Stevens; and his brother, Jon Stevens.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, with Pastors Robert Moeller and Roy Chapin officiating. Graveside services and burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Calling is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials to Community Grace Brethren Church-Missions, 909 S. Buffalo Street, Warsaw, IN and would be appreciated by his family.
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