Rosalee Wilder James, 84, wife of William S. James, died on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at her home in Sumter. Born on July 8, 1937 in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Malachi Wilder, Sr. and Lydia Ann Holliday Wilder. She was one of fourteen siblings. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Class of 1956. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts for a short period of time. She became the wife of William S. James in 1959 and traveled with her husband during his army career to Virginia, Texas, Germany and Chicago. After settling in her home town, she acquired a position with the Sumter County Recreation Department where she supervised and trained adults and children how to sew and made aware of many other aspects of life. She enjoyed life. She was a lovely person with a pleasing personality. She will be missed by all who knew her. She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband of 63 years, William S. James; sisters, Francis W. Ertha, Charlotte W. Pringle and Vermelle Wilder of Boston, Massachusetts, Carrie W. Canty of Sumter; brothers, Malachi Wilder, Jr., Sammie Wilder and Joe Louis Wilder; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitations at the home. The procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Friday, March 4, 2022, in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Georgia Walker, Eulogist. Burial will be on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 11:00 a. m. in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia.
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