We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Troy's Funeral Home
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." I Corinthians 13:4-7
“Just tell them that I love the Lord” is how Apostle Vivian Troy wished to be introduced each time she stood in the authority of his word to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and the recovering of sight to the blind and to set at liberty those that were bruised. Her love for God and his people would span 30 plus years of laying down her life for the sake of Christ.
The eldest of seven children born to Gillie and Lynn Elsie Wilson, Coola, as she was tenderly known, grew up on Buffkin Street with her sister Gillena and her brothers, Jackie Dale, Gil and Garry. Memories of years gone by reflect a childhood filled with lots of laughter, love and of course discipline while also being a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Love would also find its way to Coola during her 10th grade year as a member of the Palmetto High School Class of 1965. It is during this time that she met the forever love of her life, the late Mr. William Penn Troy Senior. Apostle Troy and Mr. Penn enjoyed life together for almost sixty years with the last 50 as husband and wife before his untimely passing in 2020.
Apostle Troy’s early adult experiences would include her touching the lives of students as a teacher in the Rains-Centenary School District. After this assignment, she would once again find herself serving mankind as an Executive with an agency in Florence, South Carolina. It is during this time that the call of God manifested in her life as she would transition from serving in the secular arena to the purpose for which she was born.
"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." (2 Timothy 4:5)
The Master’s Call would lead Sister Troy to join First United Church under the leadership of Bishop Benjamin. It was during this time that the teaching ministry God placed on the inside of her would flourish and souls knew that the teaching was not her own but that she was sent from God. During the nine years that she served at First United, Sister Troy would experience the power of the Holy Ghost in a great way. As the Holy Spirit led, Sister Troy followed. Ministry now included prayer meetings, weeknight bible teaching and several ministry assignments. All along the way, God had a mentor and teacher to help Sister Troy along the way by the name of Sister Lena. As Elijah was to Elisha, so was Ms. Lena to Sister Troy.
"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jeremiah 3:15)
In 1993, God once again called and Pastor Troy answered. The call this time was to launch out into the deep and begin Bethel Word Ministry. Leaving in the love and peace of God, and taking only what she took to First United, which was her children, God instructed Pastor Troy to establish Bethel Word Ministry. Housed in a storefront on Park Street, Pastor Troy and a handful of those that God had spoken to opened the doors of Bethel Word Ministry where the beginning of the ministry of deliverance began to manifest. By the end of two years, ministry had grown and so did Pastor Troy’s faith. The Lord blessed the ministry with land and a new edifice was erected in 1996 on North Main Street in Mullins, South Carolina. As the Lord led souls to join themselves to Bethel Word, the ministry continued to grow and expand naturally and spiritually. For a time, Apostle Troy and Bethel Word Ministry was under the covering of Bishop Michael Goings, who provided a spiritual covering until such a time as God would lead otherwise.
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" (Ephesians 4:11)
Forever committed to the way and will of God, answering the call to Apostleship was next in the Master’s plan for Pastor Troy as she was ordained an Apostle by Bishop Michael Blue. As God led, the ministries’ influence would transcend state lines and give birth to the Covenant Churches Alliance, in spiritual collaboration with Pastor Betty Steele, in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. In addition, the Daughters of Leah, which is a national women’s ministry, birthed forth and was designed to target broken and abused women. To God be the Glory for the three decades of Apostle Troy teaching Kingdom Strategies in the realm of deliverance. Her heart’s passion was to excite the Body of Christ to higher realms of dominion and authority.
"I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord." (Psalm 118:17)
Celebrating the life that she lived in Christ are her sons; William Penn, Jr. (Maria), Taj (Maya) and Shawn; her mother, Lynn Elsie Wilson; her siblings; Gillena (Larry) Lewis, Jackie (Josephine), Gil (Cynthia), Buddha; brother-in-law Milton Jr. (Peggy); sisters-in-law Jackie Troy Johnson (Cliff – Dec’d), Kate Mullins (Roy), Ada Tee Cunningham (Miller) and Carolyn Wilson (Garry – Dec’d); her grandchildren, Chasni Gerald, William Penn III, Tyler Penn, Mila and Taj II.
"…And I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them…" (Numbers 11:17)
While our hearts mourn and grieve the absence of Apostle Vivian Troy, we rejoice in the fact that we lived in this dispensation to be a partaker of her life and spiritual legacy. Her kind words, tender look, warm touch and sacrificial life made everyone feel safe and believed that everything would be alright. Apostle Troy was a loving daughter, mother, sister, cousin, friend, mother-in-law, grandmother and Pastor. She was often called our Spiritual Mother as she gave birth to many spiritual sons and daughters whom she poured into. It is with the confidence and joy of the Lord that we decree and declare that she yet lives in her spiritual sons and daughters to declare the works of the Lord!