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Harry L Wilson
Jun 17, 1922 to Dec 22, 2015

 

 
Harry Lee Wilson, 93, previously of 4 Wallace Street, Sumter, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at McElween Manor Assisted Living, where he currently resided. He was born to Harry Lee Wilson and Louisiana Willis Wilson on June 17, 1922, in Sumter County. He was raised in the Broad Street Community of Sumter and after the death of his father, his mother married David McDuffie (who was a strong role model in his life). He attended the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940. Harry was not afraid of hard work as he worked at the Sumter Movie Theater during the school year and performed carpentry type work with his uncle during the summer to pay for his education. After high school, he attended Morris College graduating in 1944 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. While at Morris College, he met his future wife Sarah Williams. Following college graduation and limited job prospect in Sumter, Harry moved to Harlem, N. Y., where he worked in a tile and manufacturing plant. After spending four years in New York, he returned to Sumter and married his college sweetheart, Sarah Lee Williams in June of 1948. To this union seven children were born, one girl and six boys. Even with a growing family, he continued his education by attending and graduating from South Carolina State University with a Masters Degree in Education. Harry loved being a math teacher, teaching both upper elementary, middle, and high school over a span of 37 years. He taught at the now closed Winn Elementary School, where he was a teacher and principal. His teaching career included 17 years at Bates Middle School, two years at Lincoln High School, and six years at Alice Drive Middle School in the former Sumter School District 17. He then taught for seven years in Lee County at Fleming Elementary School and Lower Lee School in Lynchburg. Harry joined St. James United Methodist Church at an early age and worked tirelessly in various capacities within the church until he was no longer able to do so. Over the years, he held many positions on the finance committee, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Sunday School teacher, President of the United Methodist Men, member of the Trustee Board, and many other organization within the church. Harry was an extraordinary father, true gentleman, soft spoken, caring, and considerate man; who, wanting the best for his children made many sacrifices for his family. He reared his children by setting an example of commitment to family, stewardship, honesty, and instilling in them a strong positive work ethic that has been passed down from generation to generation within the Wilson family. He also possessed an encanny sense of humor but because of this quiet nature, it was something only his family and friends were aware of and appreciated in him. When things would go awry as they sometimes do in large families, he was an equalizer and peace maker within the family. Harry truly was a loved man. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Leverne Wilson; four brothers, Marion, Earl, Samuel and Robert Wilson. His precious memories will be cherished by: his loving and devoted wife, Sarah Lee Williams-Wilson; one daughter, Sheibra Wilson (Harold) James of Sumter; five sons, Harry (Gale) Wilson of Carson, CA, Clement “C. A.” (Joyce) Wilson of Sumter, Winfred Wilson of Columbia, Alonzo (Laurie) Wilson of Dumphries, VA and Bryce (Sherlyn) Wilson of Columbia; ten grandchilden, Janelle “Cam” Wilson, Bernadette (Chris) Watson, Brittany (Thomas) Woods, Lynette Wilson, Sara Wilson, Katrina James, Kristen James, Avery Wilson, Carmen Wilson, and Jayden Wilson; three great grandchildren, Caitlyn Wilson, Corinne Thomas and Adrienne Wilson; six sisters-in-laws, Christine Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Edna Thompson, Ernestine Dawkins, Vera Williams and Jeanette Williams; two brothers-in-law, Rev. John C. Williams and Rev. David Thompson; two godchildren, Fred Jeter and Jolyn Butler; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m. , Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from the St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Cheryl Giles-Johnsons, pastor, eulogist. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Wilson, 337 Loring Mill Road, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church for viewing at 10:00 a. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:30 a. m. Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cain’s Mill Road, Sumter
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