Pastor William M. “Bill” Plemmons, of Israel Road, Candler, passed away quietly on Monday, December 15, 2003, after a courageous battle with esophageal adenocarcinoma. He was 64 years
A 1957 graduate of Enka High School, Bill also graduated in
1972 Magna cum Laude from Western Carolina University with a
B.S. degree in Business Administration. He earned the degree
while working full time at American Enka (now BASF). He retired as a 20-year volunteer with Upper Hominy
Volunteer Fire Department. He also retired as superintendent of Caprolactam Recovery at BASF in 1993, and answered God’s call on his life to serve Him alone from that day forward.
Bill served as Pastor of Pisgah Vineyard Christian Fellowship(www.pisgahvcf.org) until his death.The joy of the LORD was his strength,and even when he was at his weakest he shared his love of Jesus and Jesus’love for others with everyone around him. No one who met him
went away untouched by his gentle, quiet spirit, and his deep, deep love for his Father. He was a kind and gentle man whose favorite phrase was “Do you know God loves you?”
While serving in the US Army in Ethiopia from 1962 until 1964, Bill took the initiative to begin building schools for Ethiopian children, and to teach the Ethiopian people the basics of farming so they could become self-supporting. The work which he and his friends began there grew into an international relief organization known as “Lalmba”
(www.lalmba.org), which still ministers to the poor and orphaned in Ethiopia,Eritrea,Kenya and other parts of
Every aspect of his life reflected his servant’s heart. He took delight in feeding the homeless in Asheville, in serving families from a food pantry hosted by Pisgah
Vineyard, or in simply listening to and caring for others. His heart was bigger than the mountains which he called home. And his affect on those around him will never be forgotten.
Bill is survived by his life-long love, his wife of almost 42 years, Barbara Chapman Plemmons. His daughters, Bethany Plemmons Robinson and Cindy Plemmons Lovingood also survive, as do his son-in-law, Calvin Robinson and his
grandchildren, Sierra, Meredith and Mackenzie Robinson, and Christian and Tori Lovingood. They all reside in Candler. His love for his family was second only to his love for his
heavenly Father; he relished the time spent with his children and his grandchildren, who will miss their “Papa” and the joy he brought them.
His mother, Ruby Justice Plemmons, of Asheville, also survives him. His father, Merlin J. Plemmons and two brothers, Bobby and Ben Plemmons preceded him in death. His surviving siblings include J.Michael Plemmons and his wife
Deborah, and Chris Messer and her husband Jim of Candler; and Anne Kirkland and her husband Kenny, and Helen Thompson and her husband Jack of Georgia.
Bill's funeral was held at 11:00 a.m.Wednesday,December 17, at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Billy Robertson, Bill’s much-loved brother in the LORD, officiating. Interment was at Pisgah View Memorial Park in Candler.
Those wishing to remember Bill with charitable donations may send them to Lalmba, 7685 Quartz Street,Arvada, CO 80007, or to Pisgah Vineyard Christian Fellowship, PO Box 1662, Candler, NC 28715
“I am the vine; you are the
branches. If a man remains in me
and I in him, he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.”