William Augustus Shourds

June 14, 1932 - January 4, 2022
William Augustus Shourds

Rev. William A. Shourds (Bill) went home to his precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 4th, 2022, where he joined his wife of 42 years, Claire and son Robert.

Bill was born in Lynwood, NJ to the late Walter William and Ora Anna Lafferty Shourds. Bill lost his dad at 19 and hated God for it. After 10 years of failures, on August 28, 1961, when Bill was contemplating suicide with a gun in his hand, he cried out to God and discovered that God was there all the time. Bill dedicated his life to Christ, found and married Claire, and loved, testified about, and served God the remainder of his days.

Bill and Claire raised their family in NJ and then moved to Wake Forest for Bill to attend South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They moved to Wilmington, NC, to be house parents at the Yahweh Center for four years. Afterwards, they led the Lampstand Ministries, a homeless mission near Taylor Homes for 6 years. Afterwards they led the State Port Seaman’s Center almost 10 years where they touched lives from over the world. His life is remembered by all as a “servant of Christ.”

Bill is survived by three daughters: Eleanor Raylman (Charles), Patricia Cole (Lewis), Pamela Laucks (Michael) and four sons: Jonathan Shourds (Cathaline), Gordon Shourds (Heather), Francis Shourds (Heather) and 12 grandchildren: Lesha, Jena, Alinda, Michael & Michael, Kelly, Jonathan II, William, Amanda, Christopher, Jonathan, Caitlyn Rose and 13 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Bill’s home church, Scotts Hill Baptist, at 11am on Saturday, January 15th.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the International Seaman’s Center, PO Box 486, Wilmington, NC, 28401 or Samaritan’s Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org.

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  • January 16, 2022
    Candice dubberly says:
    Mr bill Shourds and Mrs Claire were my house parents at the Yahweh Center. I will miss them dearly. He and his sweet wife loved us children like their own. Even after I got adopted they stayed in my life watching me grow up showed us all love. But never afraid to show Christ to us children. I love them both like family. Hearing of his passing break my heart words can't explain. But I know he and his wife Mrs Claire in a better place. Never forget what they taught me through the years. My prayers for his family and friends. I know he happy to be home in heaven with his wife Mrs Claire and his Lord and Savior. Prayers for everyone. Mr bill and his sweet wife Mrs Claire will always have a special place in my heart.