William (Bill) Montgomery Landreth was lifted by God from the joys and sorrows of this world into the presence of God on January 15, 2024. His last few breaths were peaceful, with his loving wife at his side. He confronted the Alzheimers that stole his memory and life with the determination that made him such a successful businessman, raging against the dying of the light to the very end.
Born on November 21, 1932 in Greenville, South Carolina, he was the younger of two sons born to the late Ellis Ayers Landreth and Carl Landreth. Bill graduated from Parker High School in 1951. As Valedictorian, he was the Commencement speaker and won a national speech competition in high school. He worked his way through Furman University, the first of his family to earn a college degree.
During high school, Bill began working for Canal Insurance Company. Following his graduation from Furman University, Bill served 2 years in the army. With an honorable discharge, he then continued working for Canal for the next 15 years, rising to the position of vice president. In 1964, Bill left Canal to start his own insurance company, Southeastern Insurance Service, specializing in hard to place risks.
Bill earned his Real Estate Broker’s license in 1967 and started Bill Landreth Real Estate. Following the sale of his insurance company in 1980, Bill retired from the insurance business, devoting himself to buying, selling, and managing commercial and residential real estate.
Bill accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a boy, but his understanding of God deepened later in life. He is a member of Heritage Bible Church, but for the past several years has loved and attended Faith Baptist Church in Taylors. Both churches taught the way of salvation clearly -that neither our failures nor accomplishments have any bearing on where we spend eternity, but that our assurance of heaven as a final destination depends ONLY on our acceptance of Christ’s sinless sacrifice on the cross. This recognition lived out in our lives is the only hope that any of us have of eternal life with God.
Bill leaves behind his sorrowing wife, Elaine and his only son, Aaron of Greenville, S. C., who always admired his father and looked up to him as a role model. Also surviving are stepson, Mike and wife Lynn of Naples, Florida, brother Bob Landreth along with nieces and nephews of New Smyrna Beach, FL; grandchildren Andrea Landreth Fansher and husband Daniel; Chris Landreth; Travers and Reems Landreth, and LeAne Landreth Vermillion. He will also be missed greatly by his much-loved and cherished cat, Orange Crush.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the building fund of Gospel Hope Church P.O. Box 1434 Riverton UT 84065 where beloved pastor Danny Brooks currently ministers.
The family will receive friends at Thomas McAfee Funeral home, Downtown Chapel on Friday, January 19, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
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