Peter Chung Ping Chow

November 9, 1948September 7, 2021

COLUMBIA - On September 7, 2021, Peter Chung Ping Chow was welcomed with jubilation into the presence of his Lord and Savior, and was greeted: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Peter was born in Beijing, China on November 9, 1948 to Drs. Thomas Chang Ming Chow and Rosemary Tung Chow. As a child of medical missionaries amidst politically tumultuous times, Peter lived an itinerant childhood, growing up in Chiayi, Taiwan and Benghazi, Libya.

Peter came to the United States at the age of 18 with nothing but a suitcase, to attend the University of South Carolina. Despite being possibly the only person in South Carolina in the mid 1960s who spoke Mandarin, French and Arabic, his university studies presented some challenges in that he didn’t actually speak English at the time.

Nevertheless, there was never a challenge that Peter would not take on head-to-head. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering (basically, he kept taking math classes until someone decided to give him a degree), and in the process, invented his own dialect of English with the help of his Southern brethren (basically English with a Chinese accent with a lot of twang and “y’alls”). Despite being born in Northern China, he liked to tell people that he was “Southern Chinese.”

His occupation was electrical transmission engineer for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, a job he held from the time he graduated from USC until his retirement in 2017. Despite a career of more than 40 years, he was probably better known to many for his various hobbies, which included cooking, hosting dinner parties, winning cruise ship karaoke competitions, and arguing with the GPS.

More than anything, Peter was known as a family man. He found his greatest love on earth and married his wife, Muse, in 1979. Together, they would go on to forge a loving partnership that would last 42 years. Nothing gave him more joy than spending time with his family, and his grandchildren in particular. Peter lives on in spirit and in love through his wife, Muse Chow; his three sons and their spouses, Thomas and Calla Chow, Curtis and Renee Chow, and James and Rachael Chow; his six grandchildren, Charlotte Chow, David Nolan Chow, Camilla Chow, Emily Chow, Thomas Rex Chow, and Peter Caden Chow; his brother, Jim Chow; and his sister, Stella Chow.

To friends and family, Peter was known for being generous in every measure of the word. He cared for everyone around him, and devoted his time to ministering to their needs - whether through cooking, sharing his time, providing a sympathetic ear, lending support, or through his ministry and sharing the Gospel to the Chinese community.

Peter has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has kept the faith. He has persevered, stood the test, and has received the crown of life. For this, and for all of the love and joy he has provided to us in this life, we are truly thankful.

Interment will be private and a memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peter may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

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Sean and Esther Wang

September 18, 2021

We are sorry to hear of your loss. We believe Peter has done HIS work on earth. May the Lord comfort your family!
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “ Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “ that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Dong Li

September 16, 2021

We were saddened to know Uncle Peter's passing. Ever since we moved to Columbia, Uncle Peter and Aunt Muse has been our friend and encourager.
His kindness and friendliness helped us settling down. We also enjoyed fellowship at their lovely home.
When my son Elijah was severely allergic to some plants, Uncle Peter prayed eagerly for Elijah and even brought him to Dr. Chow for medical help.
Because of their role model, we also open our home to others.
Rest in peace and enjoy the presence of the Lord, Uncle Peter.
We will see you again.

Simon & Sandy Chan

September 15, 2021

We know Peter and the Chow's family for a long time in the Chinese church. We miss Peter's infectious laughter and optimistic viewpoints. May God comfort the family with his grace and love in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Aaron Chan

September 14, 2021

I have good memories working with Peter at various retreats. My prayer for the family. Rest in peace Peter.

Donggao Qinglan

September 13, 2021

Our dear Brother Peter is a beloved servant of God. He followed in the footsteps of Jesus, traveled to many places in South Carolina and other nearby states, teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom of heaven in various fellowships and churches. He helps and comforts the surrounding and other people he meets and guides them on the path of righteousness. Peter used his actions in this world to practice the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people). Dear brother Peter, you have now finished your journey in this world. Although we miss you so much, we know that you have fought the good battle, finished the race, and kept the faith. Now there is the crown of righteousness reserved for you (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Ke Liao

September 13, 2021

Peter's stories about him and Muse, his Peking accent are just one of the many in our memories. He laughed with us. He sorrowed with us. He played games with us. He preached to us. He listened to us. He prayed for us. He surely passed on the warmth and the brightness of the light from Lord. His love and faithfulness are not forgettable and will be cherished deep in our heart. He responded to Lord's question, with all he did to Lord's little sheep in the past many years, "Yes, Lord, I LOVE you". Peter is in our heart. May Lord's peace and the hope be around with Mercy and the families. Please take care. We love you.

Anita Chow and Victor YU

September 13, 2021

We are very sad to hear about Peter's passing. We hold many fond memories close to our hearts.
Condolences to Muse and the rest of the family.
Anita and Victor

Crystal Zhao

September 13, 2021

This was very sad news for me to receive, but I am happy that Peter is now in heaven and still with all of us. I will forever keep with me his positive and uplifting presence -- his arms were always open to help, serve, and guide others. He was such a role model in this respect and I'm looking forward to all of us honoring Peter's life by carrying with us and passing on his compassion and zest for life.

LongDa Yin

September 13, 2021

On behalf of the entire Yin family, we send our condolences. When we first moved to South Carolina, Peter was there to help get us oriented in a state that was very different than what we were used to. He was a terrific supporter of my own academic progress when I was getting selected for the Presidential Scholar of America, and was also there for our family when my mother began her several year fight with cancer.

His material and intangible contributions to his community are immeasurable. I hope he is greeted in heaven with the same warmth and joy he greeted others.

Lamkei and Mankei Ho

September 13, 2021

Our dear Uncle Peter, we were so shocked to hear the news of your departure. You and Muse are our role models - serving the Lord diligently and faithfully. The fond memories of having dinners at your house, your warm smile, kindness and generosity will be remembered always.