William Howard Piper, Sr., was born on Dec. 6, 1929, in Edinburg and died at home on Friday, July 31, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill is survived by his wife of four special years, Pauline Gawlick; son, William H. Piper Jr., of Sarasota, Fla.; his daughter, Shannon (David) Colson, Stafford, Va.; grandchildren, Elizabeth and J.D. Colson; sisters-in-law, Rozanne Barron and Rosemary Piper Knowles; nephew, Lou Richard Piper; and a special junior friend, Maddox Plant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lou Howard and Alice Collins Piper; brother, Lou Collins Piper, and wife, Billie Joyce Piper.

As a young person, Bill worked in his family’s feed and seed store. He followed this vocation by working for the Ferry Morse Seed Company for many years as a salesman. Bill was very active in the local community affairs by holding memberships in the Lions Club, the Edinburg Hospital auxiliary and by serving as a docent in the Museum of South Texas History. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Edinburg. He attended schools in Edinburg and remained a “Bobcat” throughout his life.

Services celebrating his life will be held Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 3707 W. University Drive, Edinburg, with burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen.

Serving as pall bearers are William H. Piper Jr., Robert Teal, David Colson, Ed Wilke, William Morton, and George Cardenas.

Honorary pall bearers are Jim Holzem, Harry Roberts, Thomas Aderhold, Tom Mumford, David Pankake and A.G. Hood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edinburg United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the Edinburg Hospital Auxiliary scholarship fund.