Reverend William Gum

Reverend William Jennings Bryan Gum

Saturday, March 12th, 1927 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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Reverend William Jennings Bryan Gum, 93, of Churchville Road Camden went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on the right hand fork of Freeman’s Creek in Lewis County on March 12, 1927: son of the late Eddie Ross Gum and Sadie Ellen (Chew) Gum. On January 18, 1957, he married Louise Grace (Phipps) Gum, who preceded him in death on April 21, 1999.

Reverend Gum is survived by three loving daughters: Betty F. Foster and husband Thomas R. of Weston, Joyce R. Miller of Camden and Dreama L. Hefner and husband Harley Allen of Weston. Bill was proud of his two grandsons: Luke A. Heckert and wife Vanessa and Jared Hefner and great grandchildren: Tori and Viktor. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife Louise, Reverend Gum was preceded in death by three brothers: Charles E., James and John L. Gum and two sisters: Bess Francis and Virginia Hitt.

Reverend Gum pastored Haleville Union Mission Church for 45 years. He was known for his love of the Lord, his keen wit and ability to tell a joke… one after another! Bill also retired from Hope Gas Company- Consolidated Natural Gas Company with 36 ½ years of service. Bill was a master craftsman and made some of the finest handmade violins in the country and took great pride in his work. He also tuned pianos and early in his working career repaired TVs and radios. His love of his Lord and fellow man made him friends all around this great state and several states around us. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman Family Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. and due to Covid 19 limitations on gatherings, private family services will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. from the Hardman Family Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Dennis Estes and assisted by Pastor Mike Riffle officiating. Interment will follow services in Snyder Cemetery of Churchville, WV. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Bill may be expressed at

Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Reverend William Jennings Bryan Gum.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hardman Family Funeral Home
    730 N. Main Ave
    WESTON, WV 26452
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  • Service

    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 1:30pm
    Private Family Service in Funeral Home Chapel
    730 N Main Ave,
    Weston,WV, WV 26452
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Dennis Estes
    Pastor Mike Riffle
  • Interment

    Snyder Cemetery
    Churchville Community
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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wanda titus

Posted at 04:21pm
memories of pastor Bill’s preaching will forever be etched in our hearts ,our thoughts and prayers are with the family .Gary and Wanda Titus

Peggy Smith

Posted at 09:59am
Joyce and family, so sorry to hear about your dad. I know how close you all were to him and everytime I saw him he had a smile on his face. I know you will miss him and my prayers are with you all.
Peggy and Alex Smith

Bob Hitt

Posted at 05:43pm
It was always a pleasure to be around Uncle Bill. Will never forget him telling stories, and to me the best were about Thurman Gum.

Chuck C

Posted at 04:48pm
Rev Bill used to park on the road to our farm at Alum Fork. That was his meditation spot, but he always had protection in case a bear provoked him! We would share stories of church; he shared his poetry (which I have copies of, and they should be made into a book); I shared my venison with him these later years when he could no longer hunt. We also shared laughter. Most importantly, we prayed together! I will miss him greatly. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for all of his family!

Bill Hitt

Posted at 11:10am
Such a strong witness for the Lord. He lived his life the way Christians should. Full of zest and humor. A master story and joke teller. As a child Uncle Bill and my Mother would swap the goofiest gag gifts at Christmas. It was so predictable, but the two of them got the biggest kick out of doing it. He has surely been greeted with: "Well done good and faithful servant"

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