William Dean Gassett

September 2, 1955April 16, 2020

Rev. William Dean “Bill” Gassett, 64, went home to Heaven on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Bill was born September 2, 1955, in Tulsa, OK, a son of the late John Dean Gassett and Mildred Ahrens Gassett, and was a 1973 graduate of Will Rogers High School in Tulsa. He received a B.S. Degree in Zoology from Oklahoma University where he loved playing trumpet in the University All-State Band. Later he graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, with a Master of Divinity Degree.

Bill was an ordained Lutheran (LCMS) pastor for more than 35 years. His life was devoted to the service of others, through his pastoral ministry and later through his career in nursing.

A proud alumnus, Bill was an ardent supporter of Oklahoma University football. His favorite hobby was gardening, and he and his beloved wife, Terry, enjoyed relaxing together in the beautiful rose gardens he created. Bill’s favorite times were spent with family, particularly his granddaughters, whom he adored.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Terry White Gassett; daughter, Richelle Tilghman (Russell); sons, Joshua Gassett and Nathanael Gassett; sister, Susan Schilling (Chuck); brother, Michael “Mike” Gassett (Janie); granddaughters, Dahlia Tilghman, Riley Gassett, and Sophia Gassett; and his loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Private Memorial Services will be held for the family at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. The Gassett family requests that friends please view the service as it is live-streamed on the Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home Facebook page -

Those wishing to make a donation in Bill’s honor may contribute to two of his favorite ministries: Lutherans for Life at or Christian Freedom International at

Our grief is further compounded by not being able to gather together (at this time) with extended family and friends - but we do take comfort knowing that OUR LORD is there with us, Bill is resting in His Arms, and we will gather soon to honor this beautiful servant of Christ. Thank you for keeping us in your continued prayers.


  • Terry White Gassett, Wife
  • Richelle Tilghman, Daughter
  • Joshua Gassett, Son
  • Nathanael Gassett, Son
  • Susan Schilling, Sister
  • Mike Gassett, Brother
  • Dahlia Tilghman, Granddaughter
  • Riley Gassett, Granddaughter
  • Sophia Gassett, Granddaughter

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020



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Susan Schilling

April 28, 2020

Special memories with Bill...there are many, but one that always comes to mind is our family vacations to Colorado when we were growing up. Mom & Dad would pack up the car with gear for 2 weeks and we'd head off to Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains. Dad's friend had an A-frame 2 bedroom cabin surrounded by tall pines with a view that was breath taking. The days would be spent hiking in these magnificent mountains, drinking from fresh, sparkling streams, and taking in the plentiful wildlife and flowers. Night would find us exhausted, but exhilarated from the clean mountain air and with a sense of accomplishment on completing another trail. Occasionally, dad would drive us into town where we would feast on fresh Rainbow Trout! These family vacations, away from the every day active lives of 3 children & 2 involved parents, brought us to a place where we could come together without distractions to be at peace with God, nature and each other. I image Bill now with Mom and Dad, taking one more hike in those spectacular mountains.

Glenn Reynolds

April 27, 2020

Bill and I grew up a block apart and went to elementary school, were in cub scouts, boy scouts and, our parents were good friends. Bill went on to build a great life and family and like many old friends we lost touch but never forgot those days that were instrumental in our character. Bill's family is the beneficiary of a great legacy. My family sends it deepest love and sympathy to yours in this time of loss.

Debbie Luxton

April 25, 2020

Dear Terry and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Bill, I can only imagine the amazing man he had to be by looking at your beautiful family. May the Father’s love embrace you just as He commands the stars to embrace the night. May the resurrection power and authority of Jesus extend your strength as far as from the East is to the West in the dawning of each new day. May the peace of the Holy Spirit fill your heart, mind, and soul as He cares for you in every step on this path where He goes before you. Words can never be enough, only the Almighty. Only the great I Am.
With prayers and love, Debbie Luxton

Irene Beard

April 23, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Pastor Gassett’s passing. He was my Pastor in Mccomb, Ms for a number of years. He was a wonderful pastor and was greatly missed when he left. My heartfelt condolences to the family. He is with his Lord now and my prayers are with the family who must carry on without him. May God comfort you in your loss.

Deborah Higsmith

April 23, 2020

I first met Bill when I applied for a secretarial position at the church where he was pastor. I was pretty nervous. He did not talk a lot in the interview, but the words he said all were very significant; and that is how he was. His words were very significant. He had a wonderful way with words, whether to his family, friends, co-workers or even strangers. He used words well; to support, to counsel, to give wisdom, to give gentle reminders, to teach, to comfort, and to console.
I think each one of us will remember something special he spoke to us that lifted our spirits, or gave us hope, directed us, or encouraged us. He will be remembered well.

Emma Saunders

April 23, 2020

Dearest Terry and your whole beautiful family,
I'm writing to send you my love and deepest sympathy. I know I never met Bill having become friends with you Terry via Facebook, but everything you shared about him, how he enveloped you in love, spoke to me deeply of the kind of man he was. From your words I understood him to be patient, calm, loving, supportive, attentive, caring, generous, gentle, placid and above all, kind. I am so sorry for your huge loss of Bill and want you know I'm sending you love in the darkness and am here for you. With much love, Emma.

Shirani Hickman

April 22, 2020

Terry, Richelle, Joshua, and Nathanael,

I am so heartbroken about the loss of Bill. I have known your family for so many years, that I feel like we are all part of the same family. Bill was always such a kind, friendly, laid back guy. He loved his family and his pets. He truly had a servant’s heart— as a minister and as a nurse.

I have been praying for you all (and the grandkids) during Bill’s illness. I wish that I could have been there to hug you all during his funeral service. I will continue to pray for you and will see you at his memorial. I wish I knew what words to say that would give you comfort, but I know there are none. I do know that Bill is not suffering anymore, as he is with our Savior.

Love, Shirani

Leneisha Boyle

April 21, 2020

I didn’t know you or Bill personally but only through Facebook. I just wanted to send my condolences and send virtual hugs! May God carry you during this time, wrapping His loving arms around you. May you always feel the love that William had for you. Praying for you and your sweet family!!


Julia Kelly

April 21, 2020

Dearest Terry,
Remember when I tried to instruct Bill how to use myofascial-release on your ears? I don't have many memories of Bill, but he was the kind of person who made you feel he "saw" you right away, and his kindness and natural caring was immediately visible. I feel so sorry for your loss and your grief, and that this terrible pandemic not only robbed you of your beloved husband, but the physical comfort of everyone who loves you, and wants to come to your side.
I miss and love you,
Julia Kelly

Kathy Rogers

April 20, 2020

We have known Bill and Terry for many years. Bill was one of the kindest, most compassionate men I know...I remember when he decided to go back to school to become a nurse...I thought it was the perfect vocation for him...he was soft spoken..a gentle a former pastor, how could he not have been comforting and empathetic with his patients! What a perfect combination...pastor and nurse...he could offer care and compassion as well as hope for eternity. He will be truly missed. I feel privileged to have known him.


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