William "Willie" McBride Jr., 54, was given his heavenly wings on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at his home.

Born on Dec. 15, 1962, in Sumter, Willie was the eighth child born to the late Ida Simon McBride and Willie McBride Sr. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Sumter High School Class of 1981. Rosa Lawson was his companion of 36 years and through this loving union six children were born. He was a loving and devoted father, who raised not only his children, but many of his grandchildren. He was a great mathematician, very smart and educated. He was also an excellent handyman who loved music and was the life of the party.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, four who died at birth and a brother, John McBride; six uncles, Emmanuel, Karo, Melvin, June, Nathaniel and Allen Simon Jr.; and two aunts, Edna Mae Hilton and Rosa Lee Johnson.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his seven children, Frederick (Tamika) Peterson of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Claretta (Jamar) Snow of Moncks Corner, Willie, Terrence and Samantha Lawson of the home, Lorraine Lawson of Goose Creek and Marquetta Lawson of Dalzell; two sisters, Geraldine (Bill) McBride and Edna (Earl) Peterson of Sumter; 10 grandchildren, Jayvion, Camiyah, Treyshawn, Londyn, Nathaniel, Kali, Fredasia, Teonna, Iyanna and Feyon; two aunts, Mary Simon and Inez Heyward; one uncle, Willie Simon; a special niece, Fredricka McBride; two special friends, Carlisle Green and Willie James Lawson; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews and extended grandchildren.

Homegoing services were held on Saturday at John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home. The Rev. Sammie D. Simmons served as eulogist. Interment followed at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Oswego Road.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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