William Henry Pender, also known as Billy, a man whose laughter echoed joy and whose jokes brought smiles to all, has peacefully passed away. Born October 1, 1938 he often playfully claimed to have been born in 1492, adding a touch of whimsy to his character.
Deeply rooted in his Christian faith, Billy was a devoted follower of the Lord. He found solace and inspiration in the timeless hymns, particularly favorites like "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden." His commitment to his faith was unwavering, shaping his outlook on life.
In 1962, he married the love of his life, Sandra Paul, and together they shared 54 years of marriage. Professionally, Billy started his career in the NAPA auto parts business in 1962. During his career he opened two more additional stores, one on Hilton Head Island and the other in Beaufort, SC. After many successful years, he relocated and spent his retirement overlooking the water on Santee. Billy was a man of many passions, finding joy in fishing on the serene waters of Santee and spending leisurely hours on the golf course.
Family was at the center of Billy’s heart. As a loving husband, father, pop-pop, and friend, he cherished the moments spent with those he held dear. His daughter, Pam, stood by him in unwavering support, lovingly caring for his every need in the last year and a half. His two grandchildren, Haley and Adam, were his heart, bringing him immense joy and playing pivotal roles in his life.
William Henry Pender will be remembered not only for his humor, love of nature, and strong faith but also for the enduring love he had for his family. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who mourn his passing.
In closing, his daughter would like to share a quote by Billy Graham that resonated with her during her times of caring for him till the end. The quote reads:
“If God gives you the responsibility for aging parents, seek what is best for them, not what is most convenient for you…”