- November 17, 1917 - July 12, 2010
- Charleston, South Carolina
of Mary's Passing
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“Mary, Waylon, and Susie,How sorry to hear that your mom is no longer with us! She was a special teacher that one remembered because she kept her...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Roselyn Blitch Nelson - Tega Cay, SC
“Mrs. Wilson was my English teacher my senior year at St. Andrew's High School in 1975. What a wonderful educator! She challenged me more than any...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Susan DuPuis - Charleston, SC
“Mary and waylon,Marie and I were very saddened by the news of Mrs. Wilson.God only knows where I would be today, if it hadn't been for her support...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Douglas Gosnell - Chapin, SC
“I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Wilson's passing. What an amazing teacher she was. She saw things in me that I never saw, such as being a writer --...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Rachel Rhodes-Dyar - Hephzibah, GA
“Mary, sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I always had a warm place in my heart for both your mom and dad. I last saw your mom and dad at an...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Len Wright - West Palm Beach, FL
“Mrs. Wilson enabled, encouraged, and enriched my life with inspired teaching and personal grace. With heartfelt sympathy to Waylon, Susie, and all...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Robert Blocker - New Haven, CT
“My teachers are my heros. Mrs. Wilson was the first teacher who truly inspire me. I remember her stopping by my desk after handing me a failing grade...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Jimmy Hager - Columbia, SC
“I am one of the many students/teachers mentored by Mrs. Wilson during her long and distinguished career. In fact, I am now an English teacher myself...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Helen Brandenburg - Charleston, SC
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Wilson. I attended St Andrews, class of 1969, and also had the opportunity to teach with her in the...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“After over 30 and a high school graduate of St. Andrews High School, Mrs. Wilson remains my most favorite and loved teacher. She taught me to enjoy...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Barbara Coakley Green - VA
“Mrs. Wilson was a fine English teacher who held her students to high academic standards that prepared us for college. As a person she was an example...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Peecksen - Mt. Pleasant, SC
“Mary & Waylon,Sorry to read about the death of your mom. She was a wonderful person as well as a great teacher. Glad I was able to have her my...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Dick Barnette '61 - Beaverton, OR
“Mrs. Wilson was the finest English teacher that I have ever had. She was also one of the best educators that I have ever know. I loved her class and...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Stephanie Smith Wagner - SC
“I remember Mrs. Wilson. She genuinely cared about her profession, and her relationship to her students. My sincere condolences to the family.
14 of 34 | Posted by: Robert James - Greensboro, NC
“I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Wilson as an English teacher at St. Andrew's in 1976. She was a great teacher and was genuinely interested in her...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Jean Keil-Burton - Walhalla, SC
“I often think of Mrs. Wilson and the other teachers at St. Andrews who were incredible teachers who inspired their students to achieve to their...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Renee Zinn Gordon
“Mrs. Wilson was one of the finest and most dedicated educators I have ever met. She inspired me (and I would venture to say all of her students)to...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Naomi Harding - Charleston, SC
“Mrs. Wilson was an amazing person. I always looked forward to attending her class at St. Andrews. She had a true passion for English and for her...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Fred Rose - Atlanta, GA
“What a flood of memories. Mrs. Wilson inspired me to become an English major in college (and she knew it). My thoughts and prayers for Waylon and...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Jim Bangle - Marion, VA
“Mrs. Wilson was a wonderful teacher. I consider myself blessed to have been in her class. She was my inspiration to become a teacher. We admired her...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Tracy Lewis - Greenville, SC
“I knew Mrs. Mary Wilson, as I went to St. Andrews Parish High School. She was a great teacher and a great mentor. She was also a wonderful editor of...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“from gail and brenda we had the grate pleasure of taking care of ms.wilson until her final days and even than she was a grate person we will truely...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Mrs. Wilson was one of my favorite teachers. She had a high standard for her students, and she encouraged us to be our best at school and in life....Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Just to add a few things I forgot. I was a student from 1971-75. I now live in Washington state.
24 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Mary Wilson will always be remembered fondly. She was deeply respected and her name became synonymous with St. Andrew's High School. Ask ANYONE that...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Mary - The years of devoted care you gave your mom are surely a comfort to you now. While I sometimes cannot remember the last phone call, the two...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: gill holcombe powell
“Aunt Mary will always have a special place in my heart.
27 of 34 | Posted by: Sue Wilson - Broadway, NC
“Mary , Waylon, Susie and families, Sorry to learn of your loss. Your mother was one of the most respected and devoted teachers I have ever known. ...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Peter Edwards - Mt Pleasant, SC
“Mary Wilson, along with a few others, was St. Andrew's.
29 of 34 | Posted by: Peter Smyth - Charleston
“I am one of the grateful many who was taught by Mrs Wilson to reach for more than I thought I could accomplish. Thank you. My heartfelt sympathy to...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Jerry Norris - Calhoun, GA
“Mrs. Wilson was the very best teacher I ever had. She taught me so much and was always such a fine example of how we should all aspire to be. I was...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Brian Alexander - Charleston, SC
“Waylon and Susie; We're so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. We have you and your family in our prayers. We plan to attend the service at...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Aunt Mary will always be remembered as the most eloquent and dignified in her speech as she was truly a southern lady. Her inquisitiveness in...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: A friend
“Mrs. Wilson was a great influence to many people. She will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure to know you during my time at STA.
34 of 34 | Posted by: Allen Watts - Jacksonville, FL
Mary Sutton Wilson, Wife, Mother, Friend and Educator, passed away peacefully at her home the afternoon of July 12, 2010. She was a devoted wife to Waylon B. Wilson, Sr. who predeceased her in 1998 after 58 years of marriage. The Wilson's were active members of First Baptist Church of Charleston, where they taught Sunday School and served on many committees.
The relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral services Thursday, July 15, 2010 at ten o'clock in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. The burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, in Columbia, SC at two o'clock. Friends may call at Stuhr's Downtown Chapel Wednesday between five and seven o'clock.
She was born Mary Itha Sutton, November 17, 1917 in Graymont (now called Twin City), GA, the daughter of Cole Benjamin Sutton and Nora Crouch Sutton. Both were educators and Cole served in the House of Representatives of South Carolina. Most of her early years were spent in Columbia, SC where she grew up with her two brothers, Cole and Frank. She was a 1938 graduate of the University of South Carolina and was a lifelong member of Beta Omicron Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and received her Masters Degree from The Citadel.
Mary was a teacher for forty-two years in the South Carolina Public Schools, in Ridgeland, Harleyville-Ridgeville and finally St. Andrew's Parish High School, where she became head of the English Department and retired after thirty-three and a half years. There she was greatly appreciated and received the 1976 Teacher of the Year award. She gained much pleasure acting as the faculty advisor for the St. Andrew's Year Book for many years.
"Mrs. Wilson" was always remembered by her students and over the years many former students wrote appreciative letters as they pursed college, careers and began their adult lives. Her students and her family are her Legacy.
She is survived by a daughter: Mary Sutton Wilson Dorn of Charleston, SC; a son: Waylon B. Wilson, Jr. (Susie) of Fort Mill, SC; five grandchildren: James Dorn (Janette) Bettye Dorn, Itha Trantham (Tim), Danelle Lane (Craig) and Ashley Wilson; seven great grandchildren: Deidre, Christina, Renee, Taylor, Harley, Nora and Wilson.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.