Olley Wilson, “Byrd” as he was affectionately called, left this earthly realm on Thursday Morning, May 20, 2021 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Sumter County, January 16, 1955, he was the son of the late Malachi Wilson Jr. and Jannie Mae Reames Wilson. Olley was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. Being reared in a Christian home, Byrd accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and joined Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Bishopville as a youth. He was also a master painter who took great pride in his work for over 30 plus years. Byrd leaves to cherish his memories: four sisters, Evinna Wilson, Anna Holmes and Lou Ella Sorrells of Sumter, Christine Ziegler of West Palm Beach, Florida; one brother, Leroy Reames (Irene) of Camden; one sister-in-law, Louella Wilson (Isaac); companion, Joyce Epps of Sumter; three aunts, Annie Lee Wilson, Florence Wilson of Sumter, Ethel Grimball of New York, NY; one uncle, Roland Bowman of Patterson, NJ; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID -19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitations at the home, 30 Byrd Street, Sumter. Graveside services will be held 2:30 p. m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Broad Branch Cemetery, St. Charles, with the Rev. Harry Clark, officiating. The procession will leave at 1:50 p. m. from the home.
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