Roosevelt “Tudor” Wilson, 87, departed this earth at noon on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter after a debilitating illness. Born March 26, 1926, in Dalzell, he was the youngest of four children born to the late Joseph and Ammie Deas Wilson.
Tudor accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age at the Joshua Baptist Church. Although he was not an active member at the time of his death, he always knew the final resting place for his earthly remains would be in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
“Tudor”, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, attended school for a short period of time prior to beginning work at the McClellan Five and Dime Store in downtown Sumter. Tudor relocated to Philadelphia, PA in the late 1940’s and worked in construction for a number of years. With some persuasion from cousins Booker T., Malachi and Ernest, he left the City of Brotherly Love in the 1950’s for other job opportunities in Newark, N. J. After residing in Newark for over two decades, Tudor returned to Sumter in the 70’s after the death of his father. He was employed by the Williams Funeral Home until his retirement. He loved hanging out with “Bo” Williams and working at the funeral home.
Tudor loved his family and always talked fondly of them and his many memories of times shared with them. He was an easy-going, quiet man who hardly ever raised his voice. He was just the opposite of his favorite nephew, Robert Lee Loney whose presence is always known. After the death of his mother in 1981, Tudor resided with Robert Lee until he was placed in the Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2013. Tudor enjoyed having “a cold one”, watching baseball games, and spending time in “The Hole”. When he was able, he walked almost every where he went as evidenced by the fact that he never seemed to gain an ounce.
He leaves to cherish his memories: devoted nephews, Robert Lee Loney (Mae Bell) of Sumter, Randy Hennix of Fort Washington, MD, Anthony Prince (Vivian) of Philadelphia, PA; three nieces, Frances P. Rice (Joseph), Carrie P. Glover (James) and Amy P. Kemp of Philadelphia, PA; a devoted great niece, Carrie Loney Fox (Barry) of Washington, DC; ten other great nieces; eight great nephews; a host of great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other loving relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents; one daughter, Ernestine Sanders; two sisters, Carrie Lee Wilder and Wessie Mae Prince; and one brother John Allen Wilson.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 8, 2014 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. J. Elbert Williams, officiating, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson, presiding.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of his nephew, Robert Lee Loney, 11 Hunter Street, Sumter.
The funeral possession will leave from the home of his nephew at 11:30 a. m.
Floral bearers and pall bearers will be friends and family.
Burial will be in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell.