The Rev. William R. Burruss Sr., 70, a founder and former pastor of the New St. Paul Baptist Church who also broadcast religious programs on television and later on radio, died of a stroke Monday at the Washington Hospital Center. He had arteriosclerosis. s
Mr. Burruss, who was born and reared in Lavonia, Ga., moved to Washington about 1930. He helped found and build the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria and also served at other churches in this area. bIn 1956 and 1957, he lived in Bermuda and helped reorganize and build the Emanuel Baptist Church in Hamilton.
When he returned to Washington, he began work on the New St. Paul Baptist Church. He served as its pastor until retiring about three years ago.
In the early 1970s, he started broadcasting "The Gospel Hour" on the old WFAN-TV. Later, he broadcast "The Gospel Hour" over WUST radio and continued that until his death. His programs were taped and syndicated around the country.
Mr. Burruss, who lived in Washington, received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the Baltimore-Washington Bible College.
Survivors include his wife, Julia M., two daughters, Regretta E. and Charlitta E. Burruss, and one son, the Rev. Roweshea L. Burruss, all of Washington; one sister, Irene Cantrell of Chicago, and two brothers, James, of Washington, and Marion, of Lavonia.