Sarah Lee Williams Wilson, 94, entered eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born on Nov. 28, 1922, in Richland County, she was the oldest of six children of Mack and Corine Lowman Williams. Sarah was reared in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. Sarah attended Stoney Hill and Webber elementary schools, Eastover, before moving to Columbia and attending Booker T. Washington High School from the eighth through 12th grades. After high school, she moved to Sumter to attend Morris College, where she obtained a degree in elementary dducation. While at Morris, Sarah met the love of her life. After a long courtship, Sarah and Harry were married in June of 1948 in Hopkins and settled in Sumter. They were married for 67 years. After graduating from college, Sarah taught elementary school in Horry County and Seneca. Sarah then worked as a teacher at Winn Elementary School in Sumter before she and Harry started their family. Sarah joined St. James United Methodist Church and was a faithful member. She was actively involved in the life and the work of the church as a member of the United Methodist Women, where she held various positions.

Her precious memories will be cherished by her children, Harry (Gale) Wilson Jr. of Carson, California, Clement "C.A." (Joye) Wilson of Sumter, Winfred Wilson of Columbia, Sheibra Wilson (Harold) James of Sumter, Alonzo (Laurie) Wilson of Manassas, Virginia, and Bryce (Sherlyn) Wilson of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; a brother, the Rev. John C. (Jeanette) Williams; sisters, Ernestine Dawkins and Edna (David) Thompson; a loving and devoted niece, Zenobia Owens; nephew, Prince Willis Jr.; three sisters-in-law; two godchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, 1054 Dover Circle, Sumter.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad St., Sumter, with the Rev. Cheryl G. Johnson, pastor, eulogist.

The remains will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.

The procession will leave at 1:50 p.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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