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Frank Wilson

  Lawrence Franklin “Frank” Wilson, Sr., 86, resident of 221 Beechwood Circle in Greenwood, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at Self Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

  Born in Abbeville, SC, he was a son of the late Homer Franklin Wilson and Rose Campbell Wilson.

  Frank was a 1952 graduate of Abbeville High School where among other activities he played football for the Panthers. He was a United States Army veteran serving at North Fort Hood in Texas. He began working in the sewing machine industry in 1958, first with Singer Sewing Machines and later in his own businesses: Wilson Sewing Center in Abbeville and Blakedale Sewing Center in Greenwood.  He was known for his experience and knowledge repairing vintage sewing machines.  He continued repairing sewing machines until he retired in 2017.  He also had a “day job” working for over 30 years as an insurance agent in and around Abbeville with United Insurance Company of America. He was a member of South Main Street Baptist Church in Greenwood for many years. Frank had a deep religious conviction, and over the past few years he began his own little ministry of passing out pens to point recipients to Jesus. He was known as a Prayer Warrior - always praying for his family, friends, national leaders, etc.

  Survivors include: His beloved wife of 61 years, Susie Berry Wilson, of the home; a son Lawrence Franklin Wilson, Jr. (Janet) of Raleigh, NC; three sisters: Barbara Wakefield of Calhoun Falls, SC, Wilma Reeves Phillips (Frank) of Abbeville, SC, and Jean Hammond (Bettis) of Edgefield, SC; one brother Jim Wilson (Judy) of Abbeville, SC; two grandsons: Aaron Wilson (Lauren) of Raleigh, NC, and Matthew Wilson (Hannah) of Morrisville, NC.

The family is at their home.

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, private family graveside services will be conducted in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Abbeville, SC, with the Rev. Toby Frost officiating.

  Memorials in memory of Frank may be made to South Main Street Baptist Church, 1000 South Main Street. Greenwood, SC 29646.


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My sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Mary May 11 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of this kind and loving Christian man. I bought my first sewing machine from him when I was 19 years old and every one after that. Love you Mr Wilson. Both of us shared our birthday month with Jesus what a blessing.

Kathy Greer May 4 2020 12:00 AM

He was a true southern gentleman. I treasure the pen he gave us at the last reunion. Our family reunions will never be the same. To Jean, Wilma, Barbara and Jimmy, we are praying for you and your families. From cousin Debbie Campbell Hudson

Deborah Campbell Hudson Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

Deborah Campbell Hudson Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

Sending my deepest condolences to the Wilson family. May God strengthen and keep you during this difficult time.

Vera White, neighbor Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

Dear family- I so wish I could be there with y'all during this time of grieving. Uncle Frank was an amazing man and will be dearly missed!! He definitely made his mark in this world and on our family. I'm so glad I was able to be with ya'll for a little while recently. Our thoughts and prayers will be with ya'll in the coming days/weeks and especially tomorrow. We love you! Jay & Donna Outen and family

Donna Outen Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

Joyce and I send our sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

Richard & Joyce Strawhorn Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

I prayed a special prayer to lift up the entire family. Ansel Bradberry

Ansel Bradberry Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM