Dr. Harold L Willmington
April 7, 1932 – October 15, 2018
Dr. Harold L. Willmington, 86, of Forest went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Willmington.
Born in Patterson, Illinois, April 7, 1932, he was the son of the late Paul Willmington and Valma Brown Willmington. Early in his career, Dr. Willmington pastored for 16 years in four different states. He came to Lynchburg in 1972 where he began teaching in the first academic year of Lynchburg Baptist College, now Liberty University, making him the longest serving member of Liberty’s faculty to date. He was the founder of the Liberty Bible Institute now the Willmington Bible Institute and created the Liberty Home Bible Institute which is the first distance learning program Liberty University ever offered. He was also a noted author of bible study materials including the Willmington’s Guide to the Bible. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and teacher.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Matthew L. Willmington and his wife Christine of Lynchburg; three grandchildren, Nathan P. Willmington, Carissa Hassett and her husband Aaron, and Abigail Willmington; one brother, Gordon Willmington of Grand Rapids, MI and one sister, June Smith of Houston, TX.
A service celebrating his life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Falwell, Dr. Elmer Towns, Mr. Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Dr. Matt Willmington officiating.
Interment will follow later at the Founders Circle at Liberty University.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Because of Dr. Willmington’s love of the Bible and helping young Pastors, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Church Network, P.O. Box 10174 Lynchburg, VA 24506 or to the Gideon’s International P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090, gideons.org/donate.
- M. Sue Willmington, Wife of 57 years
- Matthew L. Willmington, Son
- Christine Willmington, Daughter-in-law
- Gordon Willmington, Brother
- June Smith, Sister
- Nathan P. Willmington, Grandson
- Carissa Hassett & Husband Aaron, Granddaughter
- Abigail Willmington, Granddaughter
- Mr. Dave Moquin, Active
- Mr. Jeff Hurt, Active
- Mr. Stan Schock, Active
- Dr. Max Mills, Active
- Rev. Manuel Rivera, Active
- Dr. Rick Rasberry, Active
- Rev. Grayson Wise, Active
- Mr. Rob Hartfiel, Active
- Dr. Dave Young, Honorary
- Dr. Charles Carver, Honorary
- Mr. Rusty Smallwood, Honorary
- Dr. Don Boys, Honorary
- Dr. James West, Honorary
- Dr. Phil McGlaughlin, Honorary
- Mr. Scottie Middleton, Honorary
- Dr. Shawn Bielicki, Honorary
- Dr. Rick Buck, Honorary
Liberty Church Network
P.O. Box 10174, Lynchburg, Virginia 24506
- Gideon's International
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Celebration of Life
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Dr. Harold L Willmington
November 7, 2020
I met Dr. Willmington at a Prophecy Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania many years ago. We chatted awhile at the book table. He was very pleasant. It was an honor to have met him. I never forgot him and bought his extremely handy, Wilmington's Guide to the Bible. I still have my copy and still use it. It's Nov.7, 2020.
Dr Angelo G. Di Giovanni, III
May 27, 2020
I am one of Dr. Willmington's
earliest graduates of LHBI
i.e. early 1970s. His teaching
was so clear, understandable,
and enjoyable. I count him as
one of my very best professors
ever. I've thought of him over the years and have regularly prayed for him. I belatedly heard of his passing and now is resting with Our Lord. God Bless all of his loved ones.
Angelo G. Di Giovanni,III
ThD, PhD, DCE, DD
5401 W. Business 83
Unit 415-- Lt Z1
May 18, 2019
I once went through my fathers closet after he had passed away and found a stack of audio tape books with the title “liberty home bible institute “.......I was raptured by dr Wilmington’s voice and couldn’t stop listening and never was such a great light shown upon my dark and uneducated Christianity. Thank God for him.....he was my theological beacon and biblical translator. God truly planted a marker in the ages when He chose Dr Wilmington to point the way for His sheep.
Dr. Thomas Minter
March 14, 2019
I can remember hearing a class lecture by Dr. Willmington and thinking what a biblical phenomenon. With as much biblical depth that he possessed, he still was able to deliver the word with such practicality that even the baby christian could appreciate biblical riches. The most profound thing that I remember him teaching in evangelism to help us be able to teach others is, " All we are is one group of beggars telling another group of beggars where we found bread!"
Dr. Willmington, Well Done Thy Good and Faithful Servant!
With Heaven In View,
Dr. Thomas Minter
February 25, 2019
I met Dr. Willmington at my graduation last year, 2018, at Thomas Road Baptist Church. I am one of the students that graduated from Theology at the Willmington School of the Bible. I had the privilege of meeting, in person, the man whose book, Willmington Guide to the Bible, I spent countless hours reading and studying. I am honored to be a graduate of a program that he started, and utilized his guide as an integral resource. He said at the graduation that this might be the last one that he attends. He was right...I didn't know that he passed away. I was looking at my diploma and thought of him. I decided to call LU today to inquire about him. The representative told me that he passed away.
To the Willmington family, my sincerest condolences.
Mark and Debbie Chase
February 18, 2019
We met at the Bible Institute and attended the last two semesters as husband and wife, graduating in 1983. It was a wonderful time in our lives, and being under Dr. Willmington's daily teaching has been one of the highlights of our life together. We have never met anyone who loves the Word of God more than Dr. Willmington, and we greatly respect him for his testimony. We also remember his sense of humor. Through the years we have often spoken of him and reflected on things we learned from him, not just what he taught from the Bible but the kind of man he was. While we were his students, he had his 50th birthday, and shared with the class that reaching that age made him wonder if he had done enough with his life, which we think showed the depth of his humility. He will not be forgotten.
January 14, 2019
I am with deepest sympathy on the awareness of Dr. Willmington's passing. I was a part of the final graduating class of the Liberty Home Bible Institute program. I had the esteemed honor of meeting Dr. Wilmington at graduation ceremony as well experiencing some private conversation time of which I shall never forget. His teaching impacted my life and my ministry more than any other degreed program or study that I have ever had. Being a musician myself, I especially enjoyed his references to the hymns of our faith and how he so perfectly connected them with the topic of discussion. I wanted to send him a personal letter of thanks for his mentorship and what he has imparted to me. This memorial message will serve as such. Thank you Dr. Willmington for your dedication to the Lord and your role as a "teacher to the teachers" that you have been to thousands upon thousands. I pray that I may be a vessel that would carry on and be a distributor of your wisdom, humor, passion and insight. -Dr. Mark Plegge. Youngstown, Ohio.
December 29, 2018
While living in Roanoke, VA in 1973, Dr. Willmington came to teach "Evening School of the Bible." This was by far one of the best classes I have ever taken. I still have my notebook from that year and still refer to it. So grateful for this man. Prayers for the family.
October 22, 2018
Dr. Willmington preached my ordination 22 years ago, was my professor for several classes, and was an immeasurable influence on me. What a powerful force for the Gospel this man was! I was unaware of his passing, but I rejoice that this child of God- who was a champion for the Word of God- is now in the presence of the Son of God! Thank you, Doc, for investing in the preacher boys like me. Every time I've ever stepped into a pulpit, your influence- and your love of the Scripture- has been there with me.
David 'Pops' Reeves
October 19, 2018
Doc has been one of my greatest influences as a believer and a pastor. He was a godly, humble man of God and a true hero of the faith. I am thankful to be a 1983 graduate of the Bible Institute and proud that he was also my friend. I will always remember my last visit with him two years ago and will pray for Mrs. Sue, Matt, and the family in the days to come. May the Lord bless you all and give you His best!
David 'Pops' Reeves
October 18, 2018
Sue, Matt and family,
Harold was like a "Father in the LORD" for so many; and as I was doing my devotions this morning in the week of his home-going, the following passage from I Thessalonians 1 jumped out at me as a reminder of his ministry through the years: "We always thank God for...you. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election..." (vs. 2-4a)
God bless you all this week and in the days ahead-all of our lives are better for Harold's life!
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and
Christ Jesus, the LORD” II Timothy 1:26
October 17, 2018
Dear Family, Dr. Willmington was one of the greatest Bible scholars in the world. I had him as my Professor for two years. He made God's Word come alive. I was always excited about going to class because it was like going to a worship service. After class was over I felt revived in my Faith. Many times I was convicted of my sins. It was a joy hearing the Word from a man that was always after God's own heart. I also traveled with the Bible Aflame Singers across the nation singing and preaching. His powerful teaching certainly helped me to have powerful sermons from the Word. The highlight of my years at Liberty and the Thomas Road Bible Institute was going to the Holy Land with Dr. Willmington. Once again with his teaching he made God's Word come alive. Prayerful yours, Ricky Donaldson Pastor of Northside Baptist Church , Bladenboro N.C.
October 16, 2018
I have been a friend of the family for 26 years. I feel so blessed to have known Dr. Willmington and share memories with him and his family. Some of my fondest memories will be when we were together for Christmas, Easter, or just for dinner and he would share interesting facts about the Bible. I am amazed at his knowledge of the Bible. He has left a legacy and a love for God’s Word and has touched countless lives through his ministry. I will always hold a high regard of respect and love in my heart for Dr. Willmington. He meant so much to me, my daughter, and my family. Although he will greatly be missed, I rejoice in his homecoming and seeing his heavenly Father face to face. One day Nana, his family, and friends will all be reunited again. The circle will not be broken. What a day that will be!
October 16, 2018
I graduated in 1983 from the bible
What I remember most was that his favorite
Hymn was: It is Well With My Soul!
He was a good friend, as well as a great Professor!