William M. Belcher

william belcher
William M. Belcher, D.D. Candler - Pastor/Evangelist, Dr. William M. (Bill) Belcher, 89, of Homestead Road, went to be with the Lord, Monday, January 5, 2004, from Magnolia Health Care Center, Asheville, after a long period of declining health. He was born February 12, 1914, the son of the late Walt and Maude Fowler Belcher in Greenville, SC. God called him to be a preacher of the gospel of Christ soon after his conversion to Christ in 1934. He conducted tent revivals for several years and was ordained as a Baptist minister by the Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Greenville, SC in 1943. He organized the Westville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC and served as their pastor for several years. Other churches where he served as pastor include Pleasant View Welcome Baptist, Travelers Rest, SC, Island Ford Baptist, Jonesville, NC, Tuxedo Baptist, Tuxedo, NC, Roberta Baptist, Concord, NC, Central Falls Baptist, Asheboro, NC, Zion Hill Baptist, Marion, NC, Mt. Pisgah Baptist, Candler, NC and Mt. Sinai Baptist, Pickens, SC. Following his retirement from the pastorate, he was a full time evangelist for 20 years. He faithfully preached the Word of God until his health began to fail in 1993. He was a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Hendersonville, NC and received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, Greenville, SC. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and Bob Belcher of Greenville, SC and by his loving wife, Clara G. Belcher, who faithfully served the Lord, by his side, for sixty-five years, until her death in 1999. They had lived in Candler, NC since 1965. Surviving members of his family include one daughter, Carolyn B. Wright, and her husband Ricky, of Candler, NC, who diligently cared for him during his time of sickness; one son, Rev. Ralph Belcher, and his wife Joyce, of E. Flat Rock, NC; three grandsons, Chris Belcher, and his wife April, Kerry Belcher, and his wife Kristy and Jason Belcher. Also surviving are two great grandchildren, Christian and Ashlyn Belcher; one niece and four nephews. The family expresses their gratitude to the workers and dietary staff on the west wing of Magnolia Health Care Center for their compassionate care of our father during his sickness. Family visitation will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, Shelburne Road, Asheville from 7 pm until 9 pm Tuesday. Funeral service will be conducted 11 am Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church, where he was a member. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Revs. Jerry Sizemore, Charles Pearce, Jack Oates, Steve Smith and Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. will officiate. Pallbearers will be Revs. Jack Cleary, Vernon Gales, Ricky McCarson, Larry Stone and Bro. David Ingle. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Preacher Bill was my preacher at Pisgah Baptist and 25 years ago he performed my wedding ceremony. He drove all the way in from South Carolina to be there. I will always love and remember him for the wonderful man he was. God Bless!

  2. Rev. Bill was always a close friend of ours and especially our dad’s. And Pat always thought the world of him, until her own death, any time he was going to preach anywhere near her, she would be there, she loved your dad dearly. Our entire family loved him and we are so sorry for your loss. We would be there if we were physically able.

    Our Love and prayers go out to each of you from the entire Morgan family. He will be missed but Heaven is a little sweeter with him there waiting on you.

    Helen Thompson;
    51 Bright Road,
    Zirconia, NC 28790
    Alta Lewis;
    105 Bright Road,
    Zirconia, NC 28790
    Rev. Lloyd Morgan
    P.O. Box G
    East Flat Rock, NC 28726
    Rev. Lawrence & Suzanne M. Russell
    120 Serenity Circle
    Hendersonville, NC 28791

  3. Carolyn and Ralph,
    Preacher Bill was special to our family. We love him dearly.

    Roberta Radford
    Vicki Radford Melvin
    Sandra Radford Saunders

  4. Carolyn and Ralph,

    I was so sorry to read this in the paper. Although I am far away from you, you are in my prayers. I loved your dad dearly–afterall, he was my first preacher.

    Kim Martin-Manning
    Mt. Pisgah Baptist

  5. With Deepest Sympathy,
    Love and Prayers,
    Preston & Helen Massey
    Darlene McPeters

  6. Carolyn and Ralph,
    Words cannot express what your Dad has meant to us over the years.
    His preaching, advice and fellowship have impacted me and my ministry in ways that will forever effect the kind of preacher I am and the love we have for Jesus.
    I know you are grieving but I also know you are celebrating the life he lived and the testimony he has left behind. I’m sure he is having a time right now with the reunions of Ms. Clara and others and engulfed in praise to the one that makes life worth living and death just a servant, Jesus.

    Ricky and Brenda Bishop

  7. you and your family have been such a blessing to us and a great inspiration over the years. you are in our prayers. love,chester & clara.

  8. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We will not be able to attend Visitation or the Funeral. We thought alot of Dr Bill and wanted to let you know we are praying for you during this time.

    Danny & Sheila Bell
    Dottie Sluder (Sheila’s Mom)
    Mary Ann Gardner (Danny’s Mom)
    Mary Jane Creasman (Danny’s Grandmother)

  9. Thinking about you and praying for you family. Remembering all the wonderful times throughout the years. I’ll always have fond memories of Preacher Bill as my first Pastor and his part in my wedding. Love Sherry Kuykendall Nance.

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