Henry Michael Wilson

Henry Michael Wilson, 73, went home to Jesus Wednesday, February 2, 2022, after a short illness.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway, Cayce on Saturday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m.

Henry was born August 3, 1948 in Columbia to the late Henry Manning and Beatrice Gates Wilson.  A graduate of Eau Claire High School and the University of South Carolina, Henry followed his passion for music throughout his education and earned his master’s degree.  He retired from a successful career after being a band director in Richland County School District 1 and Lexington County School District 1.  Henry earned many awards during his tenure, including Teacher of the Year.

His friends and family will remember Henry’s infectious, upbeat demeanor, as well as his humor and musical talent. Henry gave commanding performances while playing his beloved trumpet at countless concerts, weddings, and churches throughout his life. He loved his students and could be found many evenings giving them private lessons.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mary Wilson Cooper.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Wilson Graham (Claude) of West Columbia; cousin, Janet Herty (Frank) of Columbia; niece, Lisa Graham Kiser (Al) of Lexington; nephews, Stephen Graham (Michele) of Hardeeville, Mike Jones (Denise) of Simpsonville, and Mark Jones of Forest Acres; great-nieces and great-nephews, Reagan Kiser Price (Will), Graeson Kiser, Amber Penland (Shane), Joshua Jones, Rachael Jones, Caleb Jones (Emily), Tyler Graham, and Bryce Graham; and a great-great niece, Reyna Penland.

Words cannot express the gratitude Henry’s family has for the management and staff of Joshua’s Foundation Assisted Living in Ridgeway, SC. They too became Henry’s family.  He was given love and attention celebrating life there.  Thank you.     

Memorial contributions may be made to Joshua’s Foundation, 388 Elbow Circle, Ridgeway, SC 29130 or Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Chaleston Hwy. Cayce, SC 29033.

Thompson Funeral Home, Lexington, is assisting the family.