William Franklin Guest
William Franklin Guest, a founding member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, grew up singing. Guest sang backup vocals for the group's many hits, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1967) and "Midnight Train to Georgia."
Known for his wit and easygoing manner, the singer, who family and friends called "Red" and "Bae-bruh" loved a good joke and always made time to mentor aspiring artists, they said.
"His legacy will live on because of the contributions he made not just as a Pip but to the company and young artists," said friend Alfred "Butch" Burch, CEO of Detroit-based Crew Records, which he co-founded with Guest, Pip member Edward Patten and others. "He retained his voice quality and enthusiasm for music until the very end. He was a good guy and a good friend."
Guest of Jonesboro died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 24 in Detroit at the age of 74. Read the news obituary
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 9, 2016.
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My heartfelt sympathy to the family's...May God be a God of all Comfort...
November 21, 2019
Mr. Guest thank you so much for sharing your gift and talent with the entire world. Each time you were all on stage before your audience, it brought a smile to our faces. We love you. You will be remembered and missed. We honor your legacy.
Cynthia McGee
August 10, 2019
Thank you for sharing your talent with us all these years. I love Gladys Knight and the Pips forever!
Miss Scott
February 16, 2019
Neal Sharpe
January 9, 2019
To members of the Guest Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I love Gladys Knight and the Pips, and I still love the music that you made with her. R.I.P. William. Say hello to my Grandmother Mattie Guest-(Self) Live again in your heavenly home. Sorrowfully the family.

Penny (Selma Self-Copper of Philadelphia)Granddaughter of Mattie Guest.
October 8, 2018
For the good times, you are missed "Red" You rest in His peace now.
Andrea Johnson
April 17, 2018
To the Guest family condolences. My family is Guest also my mom was a Guest maybe we could be related. May God bless and comfort in this time of need. Maybe one day we can see if we are related
Lois Jenkins
January 17, 2018
Condolence to the
Guest family
Bubba and all other family members and friends of this very talented man.
To this
Hadiyah Saleem
January 16, 2018
Hadiyah Saleem
January 16, 2018
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
December 27, 2017
you are singing from Heaven.
May 30, 2017
To the family...I send my condolences.
Tammy Pryor
March 28, 2017
Loved Gladys Knight and the Pips!
Nazarene Mckinney
March 13, 2017
I grew up listening to Gladys and the pips. Condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you at this time.
December 31, 2016
Sorry for your loss may the God of comfort be with you and your family at this time
December 31, 2016
William family has my condolences.
December 30, 2016
I just became aware of his death today .
He was an awesome Talent .
May he rest in peace.
Sencireour Lee
December 26, 2016
WILLIAM, you are in my prayers....WARM WISHES
Valenda Newell
June 27, 2016
I was privileged to have had a conversation and a lunch with this awesome gentleman. He was very nice and very talented.... I was blessed to spend a weekend with the group in their Buddah Records days.... They all made such a positive impression on me.
Loretta Petit
June 13, 2016
William... when you gladys edward and bubba recorded perfect love from you'll Lp imagination i felt that heaven stopped to listen... the heart felt way you'll excuted that beautiful lyric... epitomizes the perfect love that you'll radiated in all that you'll did... be it... on record stage or interviews showing the genuiness of you'll as people
michael mcmillan
One The Million Faithful Fans
January 4, 2016
I was Williams sons tutor at Mary Grove College years ago. I was invited to Williams home in Detroit. He made the best ribs. I'm sorry about William.
Sheila Sage
December 26, 2015
Dear Guest Family, I pray GOD'S BLESSINGS be with you as you celebrate William's precious life. Know that we are with you in thought and prayer. We Love You and share your sorrow. Carole Ann Nevels and Family
Carole Ann Nevels
Extended Family
January 8, 2016
To the Guest Family: Expressions of love and sympathy are extended to you in the loss of a loved one. Bill will always be remembered as a "PIP."
Jacqueline R. Martin
Non Related
December 28, 2015
I know you're in heaven singing for the lord now. Thank You for the beautiful music.
Mildred Hatcher
March 6, 2016
Alright Dad!

Heaven is waiting on you!

February 23, 2016
I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Guest later in his life. He was a kind, caring, and funny human being. He always made me smile. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Melissa Jainchill
February 15, 2016
Your talent will live on through your children and grandchildren. RIP Mr. Guest
Karen Davis
February 8, 2016
Bae Bro
Rest in peace my brother and life long friend. The 'hood 'has lost our next to last member. I'll see you in the morning.
Hilliard Lee
January 27, 2016
To The Guest Family,

My prayers go out to you and yours. May all the wonderful memories,cards, well wishes, internet notes that you have, help you through these challenging times and may The God of Comfort continue to be with you and yours.

With Deepest Sympathies,

Ann O
January 27, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the Guest family, may you draw comfort from our heavenly Father who promise to one day due away with sickness and death forever and reunite us back with our dear loved ones under peaceful conditions on earth, Revaluation chpt 21:3,4
January 24, 2016
My condolences to the Guest family. May the God of of all comfort strength the family. I grew up on his music. 2 for 1:3,4
January 19, 2016
We are sorry for the loss of such an intelligent, and dynamic singer. Our prayers are with the fans and family during this time of bereavement.
A& T Hill
January 17, 2016
Empathy and condolences for the Guest family. Hellos to Gladys, Bubba and Linda.
May God Bless You & Your Family today and Always.
Opal Ross Evans
January 16, 2016
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr.Guest his family and friends. May God keep you all in his tender loving arms. For 1 Peter 5;7 says:because he cares for you.
January 15, 2016
To my dear friend, I will miss you so much. Can't forget the long conversations we had about the Uptown Theatre. Much Love to the Guest Family.
Anna Sanders
January 14, 2016
Talvis Dennis
January 13, 2016
Condolences to the Guest family. His songs were a part of my young adult years. May the peace of God comfort the family. Pip. 4:6-7.

January 13, 2016
Rest on........
Continue to sing sweet melodies in heaven! Condolences/prayers to the William Guest family at large and Gladys & The Pips!
Teresa Turner
January 11, 2016
Condolences out to family. He will make beautiful music in heaven
Mary Giles
January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
My heart felt condolences goes out to the Guest family. He was heard and loved by many. God also loved William and will keep him in his memory because he is precious to him. Psalms 116:15.
Annie C
January 10, 2016
R.I.P god bless, and to the family.
Lee Jones
January 9, 2016
Praying for the family that God will comfort and strengthen you
January 9, 2016
May the LORD strengthen THE GUEST FAMILY through these trying times.Prayers going up for the family.His LEGACY will linger on through ETERNITY!RIP BAE-BRUH!
Chandra Welmaker
January 9, 2016
My deepest condolences goes out to the Guest family and Williams's musical family, Gladys Knight and the Pips. may God comfort and strengthen you, knowing he is in a better place. Rest in peace, William.
Sandy Martin
January 9, 2016
William, we knew one another from the first grade through high school. You will be truly missed my classmate.
Ronald Bowen
January 9, 2016
Rest in Peace William, for your work down here is done, and your work was a magnificent work of art, "May the Work I've Done Speak For Me" and you song loud and clear. Love and Peace.
Mable E. Boswell
January 9, 2016
9 January 2016

It is with deep regret that you have lost a very important and wonderful asset to your Family, Mr. Guest. I remember when I was in High School in New York, I loved the group so much that I wanted to be related to them. He was beautiful and talented. May he always rest in peace.

Thank you,
Mable E. Boswell
(New Jersey)
January 9, 2016
With Deepest Sympathy to the Family and Friends. We're glad that the "Mid-Night Train to Georgia" brought Mr. Guest back home. May the God of all comfort, comfort your family during this time of grief (2 Cor. 1:3).
January 9, 2016
Dear Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy to you. William was a truly wonderful man. He use to walk me home from choir rehearsal when we were children. I actually lived in the opposite direction of his home. The children in Mt. Moriah shared a special bond of "family" as I was growing up. So, we felt more like brothers and sisters. That God will comfort you and give you peace is my prayer.
Barbara Harper Denson
January 8, 2016
Our hearts are heavy!

This comes from relatives, Cousin Cherry Lee Roberts of Monroe, GA, along with the Jackson, Carr, and Hilliman, families.
Cherry Lee Roberts
January 8, 2016
May God's grace be with all who shared in his life and truly felt his worth. To Gladys and the Guest family, friends and relatives. May you continue to find your faith and hope in the God that never sleeps or slumbers. Love in Christ, Rev. Reginald L. Young, sr. "Love Crusade Ministries" ( Decatur, Ga.
Reginald Young,sr.
January 8, 2016
My memories go back years ago when we grew up as children together. He never lost the concept of what family really meant. I will never forget the love and support "Babe Bother", as we affectionately called him in close company, showed me during the illness and homegoing of my brother Darwin, who passed last year. I know there will be a glorious time in heaven when he is joined with cousin Margaret, Eleanor, brother and all the love ones who have gone before him. I am happy that he shared his talents and gifts with the world, but it was done with humility and love. He never forgot from whence he came.

Love Ya!
Dollie Strickland Rozier
January 8, 2016
May God bless you and give you peace. A long time fan of the group.
Susan Franklin
January 7, 2016
Your music and friendship are your legacy.
You have been welcomed into an elite club with preferred membership.

May you rest in peace.
Gwendolyn Stone
January 7, 2016
I remember meet his cousin and his friends one day because they live cross street from my sister Mary Holliday house and meeting him was like another person that went through the same thing u experience. He had kind spirit about himself regardless what world saw, he remember where he came from and how he wanted be treat by follow man. I'm sorry for your lost and I know that the Creator will comfort u through this storm with his love. I'll keep u in my prayers.
Alonzo Thomas
January 7, 2016
My heart felt sympathy to the entire family. May your faith in God sustain you all during this time.

Your Cousin Jean
Bobbie Allen
January 6, 2016
Big will, that is my cousin, all I can say is he will be greatly miss.. A true blessing from God, A TRUE real down to earth Leader, for generations to come... Love you cousin.. ....Smit
Eric Smith
January 5, 2016
To Mr. Guest's daughter,sister and brother-in-law, cousins, Mt. Moriah Church Family,and fans all over the world:

Thank you for sharing your God given talents. Whenever we saw you perform, your face lit up the room wth happiness,peace, and precise military bearing.

Although we will miss your physical presence, as a Christian,I believe that you have already performed several musical sets, in God's celestial choir.

Atlanta Natives,
Janice L. and son, Jonathan A. Cook
Janice L Cook
January 5, 2016

May God be with during this difficult time. Find comfort in knowing that your Dad is resting with God, his mom Mrs. Guest, Eleanor, Edward, Perry and many others who have gone before. God loves you and I am here for you.

Cheryl Reese
January 4, 2016
I've known William, Gladys and the "gang" since we were kids. We used to go to Vacation Bible School together.As adults, William and I became good friends, you might even say "soulmates". William was so special and I'll really miss him, but will never stop loving his song-filled spirit.

My son, Kozmo, joins me in extending our condolences to William's family. May God lighten the burden of your grief every time you remember William's warm and welcoming smile.

With Love,
Carol Ann Jackson Miller
Carol Miller
January 4, 2016

May God be with you during this difficult time. Find comfort in knowing that your Dad is resting with God, his mom Mrs. Guest, Eleanor, Perry and many others who have gone before. God loves you and I am here for you.

Cheryl Reese
January 4, 2016
Knew William for many years. We connected again in 2010. Had a great time exchanging life stories. Will miss him a lot.
Brenda Tervalon
January 3, 2016
William was a great person. We all grew up in Atlanta and were friends. My heart any prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.
Wylma Long Blanding
January 2, 2016
A great singer,I saw him many times with the Pips......May he Rest in Peace
Greg Phillips
January 1, 2016
As neighborhood friends, my twin sister, Maudestine, and I frolicked with William on Beckwith St. Later, we followed him through his fame with The Pips. Nice memories.

In celebration of William's life,
Claudestine Gourdet
January 1, 2016
As neighborhood children, my twin and I frolicked with William on Beckwith St. Later, we followed him through his fame with The Pips. Nice memories.

In celebration of William's life,
Claudestine Gourdet
January 1, 2016
Ashlyn Perez
December 31, 2015
My sincere condolences to the Guest family at the lost of my cousin William. My heart is heavy but I know he's with the Lord...Rest in peace Red..I believe you, Eleanor, and mama are having a great time.. Janice Barnett
Janice Barnett
December 31, 2015
William Red Guest May The Lord Welcome You With Open Arms And Say Well Done My Beloved Son We Will Never Forget You And We Will Keep Your Dream And Legacy Alive May You R.I.P.
Ronnie Canada
December 31, 2015
I'm truly sorry for the loss of William Guest. As part of the legendary Pips with Gladys Knight, he not only thrilled many, but he also solidified a hall of fame legacy. May the kind of peace that only God can give, be with all those who knew and loved William~Rom.15:33.
December 31, 2015

My sincere condolences for you and your family during this time of bereavement. May you cherish the memories!

Your co-worker,

Ms. Norina David
Norina David
December 31, 2015
I have traveled with this group since the age of 11110, just like I was on the road. since Letter Full Of Tears, Giving Up,Every Beat of My Heart, and I can just go ON and On, with the steps of the great pips in the background with Mr William Guest and Mrs. Knight McDowell. My heart goes out to my favorite singing group.
Sandra Penn
December 30, 2015
You have my deepest sympathy. May the God of loyal love comfort the family and friends during this time of sorrow Psalms 119: 76
L.T. Dugue
December 30, 2015
May he RIP My deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones.
Steven Majors
December 30, 2015
Thank you for the memories. SLEEP IN PEACE
Virginia Griffen
December 30, 2015
May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones!
Marie Shoulders
December 30, 2015
Only in hours like this, do we know in fullest measure, the consolation of his promise. Rest in peace William.
Don Harris
December 30, 2015
December 30, 2015
To his Daughter and other family members, My sincere Condolences.
Joan Burrell
December 30, 2015
RIP Mr. Guest you will be remembered for your singing, dancing and your
smile! Kenya Thomas & Crew Records Team
Lestine Ford
December 30, 2015
Miss you brother. You did your thing Thanks for the memories
Alvin Taylor
December 30, 2015
My heart felt prayers are with you the family and friends of Mr Guest. Look to the hills from which cometh your help.Lestine Ford formerly of Atlanta- Gainesville, FL
Lestine Ford
December 30, 2015
My sincere and deepest condolences to the family. RIP in peace William.

Mary Enard
Mary Enard
December 30, 2015
Kim Hood
December 29, 2015
Thanks for the music first album I bought 50 yrs ago Gladys Knight and the Pips still have that album and all the others to this day. God Bless this Family through this time Where do I put your Memory thank you a true fan
Cathy. R Williams
December 29, 2015
To the William family it is with sincere condolences on the lost of your love-one. He was very much so an inspiration as was the Gladys and Pips were. Thanks for sharing.

Peace & Love
Rhonda Ravenell
December 29, 2015
Rhonda Ravenell, 18222 South Drive #102 Southfield, Michigan 48076
Rhonda Ravenell
December 29, 2015
dorothy harrington
December 29, 2015
Blessing your new journey. Thank you for allowing me to call you Uncle Red.
Gisele Caver
December 29, 2015
To The Guest Family:

Our Heartfelt Condolences are sent to the family during this difficult time.

William will always be remembered as one of our own, We were so proud of Gladys and the guys, when made it big in the industry.

Let us cherrish the memories, and remember him fondly, for his talents and that wonderful smile....

Mrs. Earistean Ward- Hunter. Former Choir Member Mount Moriah Baptist Church
December 29, 2015
to my family with love my wife dorene and sons jerell and woop my cuz William will be miss and we all fell your pain as a family with love to each other we will help pray for our family in our lost of a great legacy like William was and we will miss him coming to our family church at home coming every year the frist sunday in august at spring creek Baptist church in Greensboro ga. with the Jackson family your family to iam the deacon their your cuz mr. beauford goodrum my address 638 pleasant hill rd nw conyers ga. 30012 please stay intouch hm. 770-918-1007 cell 470-848-7143
beauford nickname sheba goodrum
December 29, 2015
I will always remember how Mr. William made me laugh when he shared his stories of being in the road. Especially when in was in NYC and about to be robbed. He was always a bright light that shined. He will always be remembered as a person who lived, loved and laughed. He was an inspiration and I thank God for him and his words of wisdom
Patricia Oalden
December 29, 2015
I enjoyed Gladys Knight & The Pips even before they were known only as THE PIPS. "Every Beat Of My Heart" and all of their recordings on the SOUL label of Motown; they being the most successful to record on that label. The last two albums on that label it sounded that they did not have as much enthusiasm as they did with some of the Norman Whitfield produced numbers.
Of their spiritual numbers recorded at Motown, my favorite is "Just A Closer Walk With Thee". To find such on a 45 rpm was unexpected also nearly 20 years after it was released. I never found the Various Artists album it was from. I believe that this is just some of the many singles and albums that Berry Gordy &/or Motown did not make much promotion effort for.

I was not Blessed enough to them perform live in concert.
I did get to attend a Gladys Knight solo concert in 2015 in Norfolk, VA. She did not perform enough of their Soul recordings.
G. W. Kelly
December 29, 2015
All my life I have loved ' Gladys Knight and the Pips and I am deeply saddened to learn of William's passing, God be with him and his family...and all of us for that matter in this difficult time. I will always cherish my albums from this Great group of entertainers, {I believe I have them all}
James Dill
December 29, 2015
The Music world has lost a great icon. You are loved by many rest in peace Mr William Guest.May your light continue to shine .
Ms.Sandra Hall (Empress of the Blues)
December 29, 2015
I am sending love and Colorado sunshine to Monique and her family as you all celebrate her dad's awesome life! Monique and I were classmates at Mercy and I know she has the support of our whole Mercy crew...xo
Katie McGrail
December 29, 2015
I will certainly miss Mr Guest, I have videos of the group that I constantly watch, I am a franatic over the way guys dance and if you ever notice when Mr Guest makes his turns during the routine, it is so awesome, and the way he handled himself was phenomenon, I love Gladys and the Pips, sorry to say Mr Guest was my favorite, REST IN PARADISE Mr Guest and I'll remain watching the videos, my condolences to your daughter and all your family members
Geri Graham
December 29, 2015
We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of tender mercies be with you and your family at this difficult time.
December 29, 2015
My Condolences to the family of Wm.Guest, There's a new Trio of Pips vocalizing,and singing new songs in Heaven Langston, Edward and William sing on you are missed!
p.y. pyron
December 29, 2015
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