Funeral services held for William L. ‘Bill’ Piper
Funeral services for William L. “Bill” Piper, age 90, of Salado were held July 21 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton with Rev. Brian Dunks and Rev. Mike Bergman officiating.
Burial followed in Murphree Cemetery in Evant, Texas.
Piper died July 19 in a Temple hospital.
He was born February 17, 1917 in Lampasas Couny to James Virgil and Minnie (White) Piper on their ranch near the Mountain View Community.
He married Wanda Flatt December 14, 1938 in Lampasas, Texas. They have lived in Texas all their lives, moving to Victoria where he served the Texas Department of Public Safety for 15 years.
He entered the insurance business in 1952, moving to Beaumont and later settling in Salado. In Salado he was manager for Southland Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1985.
He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Salado, serving in various capacities including interim choir director, usher and Deacon.
He was a member of the Salado Masonic Lodge #296, having served in many offices including being Master of the Lodge. He was honored with a 60-year Masonic pin last year. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #550 in Evant, and a member of the Scottish Rite in Waco.
A member of the Kiwanis, Piper served as the Past Lt. Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District of the Kiwanis Club.
He was an active member of the Salado Lions Club.
He is survived by Wanda Piper of Salado, son C. Trent Piper of McGregor and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers David L. Piper, James V. Piper and Marvin Luther Piper and two sisters Martha Lois Venable and Mary Pauline Garretson.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton was in charge of arrangements.