MOSES WILDER

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Moses Wilder was born on July 24, 1947, in Sumter, number 14 of 14 siblings of the late Malachi Wilder Sr. and Lydia Ann (Holliday) Wilder. Moses departed this earthly life on Aug. 22, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.

Moses attended Green Elementary and Lincoln High School in Sumter. Moses was an avid baseball enthusiast who loved pitching. He was drafted by Major League Baseball but was too young at the time to take advantage of that extraordinarily phenomenal opportunity. His talents did not stop with baseball; he was a fantastic artist, labeling himself "Cortez."

In 1964, Moses and his young sweetheart, Viola Frazier, united in marriage. From that union came a son, Patrick Lopez Wilder; and a daughter, Valeria Victoria Wilder. The Wilders are a family of faith and, as such, attended and attend Enon Missionary Baptist Church, where the children were baptized and were regular participants in the church. In 1964, Moses relocated to Boston, where he became gainfully employed at Linvure Plastics in South Boston as a machinist and was promoted to dye technician. One of his most popular works was the logo on the "Wonder Bread" packaging. He could match for anything requested of him. After 31 years, Moses retired from Linvure when the company relocated to Garfield, New Jersey. After retiring from Linvure, the ever energetic Moses continued to work at companies such as Boston University and Stop & Shop companies.

Moses leaves to cherish his loving memory: his children, one son, Patrick Wilder, and three daughters, Valeria Victoria Wilder, Stacey Moore and Amanda Walker, all of Massachusetts; his siblings, Frances W. Ertha, Charlotte W. Pringle, Sammie Wilder (Barbara), Vermelle Wilder and Joe Louis "Jay" Wilder, all of Massachusetts, Malachi Wilder Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, and Rosa Lee W. James (William) and Carrie Lue W. Canty (Jake) of Sumter; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends; and a special tribute to his friend and high school sweetheart, Viola Frazier Wilder Bailey.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Davis Funeral Home, 654 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, Massachusetts.

Davis Funeral Home of Mattapan was in charge of arrangements.

Courtesy announcement of Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter.