Bro. Bill Wright: First Breath in Heaven

Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15 (NIV)

On Friday night, February 19, 2010 at around 10:00 p.m., Bro. Bill Wright, pastor of First Baptist Church of Plains, Texas took his first breath in heaven. I can only imagine what his first moments in heaven must have been like, I envision him with a big grin, and a chuckle under his breath as Jesus welcomed him home. Heaven is going to be a fun place to be now that Bill showed up. I can see him circling up a crowd right now telling one of his classic Bro. Bill stories.

The memorial service for Bro. Bill will be on Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Plains. It will be a celebration of life, and an opportunity for us whose lives have been shaped by his to pay tribute to his life and ministry. However, the best tribute we can pay him is for each of us to finish well as he did.

In closing, the men of the First Baptist Church of Plains will be building Bro. Bill’s wife Linda a new home in Plains. The Wright’s had lived all their days in Plains in the parsonage, so the men wanted her to have a place of her own. If you would like to contribute financially or come help work on the house with your own two hands, you can contact First Baptist Church at 806.456.3661 or 806.456.4500. The people of Plains have been truly amazing in how they have expressed their love for Bill and Linda, and his family. I wish all of our churches were like the good people of Plains.

Words are inadequate to express all Bill meant to me. I will forever be indebted to him for believing in me.

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4 responses to “Bro. Bill Wright: First Breath in Heaven

  1. Jeff Baum

    I remember my first “re-encounter” with Brother Bill upon his learning of my going to Sundown. I won’t tell you what he said, but although his exact words didn’t convey, his undertones told me he thought I was going to a pretty good place. I know that he has gone to the best place of all.

    I also remember him preaching a funeral, which upon the close, I told him that it was the most I had ever enjoyed a funeral. I think he let his guard down just long enough to “be touched”, until I told him that the reason it was so good was that there was a pot plant in front of him and I could “hear” him, but didn’t have to “see” him!

    I love you Brother Bill.

    Cub

  2. Callie Howell

    Wow, that is so very awesome. Bro. Bill has helped my family in so many ways when we needed the comforting hand of the Lord!! I will never forget his funny stories he always told us during church, he seemed to make everybody’s day brighter than what it was before!!! I love him so much and i will miss him greatly!!!

  3. Larry Heard

    David, Bill was a great friend to so many folks. He will surely be missed. Bill led the FBC Plains to send a Christmas check to each former FBC Plains pastor (or their widow) in their retirement (it was a nice check at that) because as he said, the church didn’t put enough in your retirement account while you were there. My father-in-law was one of those former pastors. While Ann and I have thanked both Bro. Bill and the FBC Plains for their generosity to her Dad, wouldn’t it be nice if other church’s read about Bill’s leadership and do the same for their former pastors. He was a wonderful man and friend. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

    Larry Heard
    Top O’ Texas DOM (retired)

  4. Kyle Morton

    When my wife and I moved out to West Texas four years ago I had no friends and had no idea what I was getting myself into as a pastor. In short I needed a mentor and spent a great deal of time asking God for that mentor and he sent Bro. Bill. The Bear taught me a lot about loving people and a lot about being a pastor. I loved Bill because you never had to wonder what he was thinking because he would tell you. He was a great man and I will always cherish all that he taught me.

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