Willie Mae Wilson
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Willie Mae Wilson, 93, of Greenville, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Green officiating. She died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Burial will be at Delta Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.
Willie Mae Winchester Wilson, affectionately called “Doll” by her husband of 76 years and Miss “Tee” by family and friends, was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Scott. She was the oldest of two children born to Eddie and Annie Winchester. Both parents and brother preceded her in death.
At the age of 13, she confessed her hope in Christ at Sunrise Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Newton, and was baptized at Wilmot along with her further brother-in-law, Vernell Wilson. Through the year she remained strong and faithful in her Christian beliefs.
On her 17th birthday, she married a hard-working and caring young man, Dan Wilson Sr. To this union, 13 children were born. Three of the children preceded her in death, Starline, Lee Dora and Lucinda.
Willie Mae was a housewife. She was actively involved as a member of Sunrise. She served as program director of the children programs. Mrs. Willie Mae’s Easter programs were always before daybreak (because Jesus rose early Easter morning) and the Children’s Day program and Christmas celebration were about noon.
So, every Easter, children would line up sleepy-eyed and dressed in new clothes to recite their poems from memory clearly and without mistakes.
She was a member of the usher board for over 50 years and served as president for many years. She was also a member of the Knights and Daughters of Tabor. She was actively involved as a 4H leader in Washington County. Several members of the 4H Club under her leadership won awards.
On Dec. 3, 2019, she left us to be with her Father in Heaven.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories her devoted and loving husband, Dan Wilson Sr.; seven daughters, Nealis Mabery, Ann Wright, Elizabeth Jones, Shelley Foots, Jacqueline Montgomery, Colleen Nelson and Martine Wilson; three sons, Theodore Wilson, Dan Wilson Jr. and Antonio Wilson; a son-in-law, Willie Wright; three daughters-in-law, Martha, Bessie and Corine; two sisters-in-law, Claudine Wilson and Montana Capshaw; 32 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Byas Funeral Home.