Deacon Purley Wilson Sr., 83, was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Lee County to the late Malichi and Rebecca Wilson. He departed this earthly life on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence.

He attended the public schools of Lee County. Deacon Wilson retired from Sumter School District after years of employment. He was a very hard worker and a man who believed in taking care of his family.

Deacon Wilson was a lifetime member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, Bishopville, where he served faithfully as chairman of the Deacon Ministry until his health began to fail.

He is sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Annie Mae Wilson; three sons, Randy Burgess, James Alvin (Denease) Wilson, Purley (Edrena) Wilson, and one daughter, Teresa Wilson-McCray, all of Sumter; one sister, Ethel Gremball, of New York; one son-in-law, Tyson Green, of Waldorf, Maryland; one sister-in-law, Florence Wilson; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during all home visitation at 1027 Dibert St., Sumter.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park, 802 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, with the Rev. Jerome Douglas, officiating.

The procession will leave the home at 12:20 p.m.

These services are entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online messages may be sent to the family at Visit us at www.WilliamsFuneralHomeInc.Com.