David Wayne Wilson
June 22, 1946 – June 9, 2018
WEST COLUMBIA - David Wayne Wilson, 71, of West Columbia (South Congaree) passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends on Saturday June 9, 2018. Wayne was predeceased by his father, William Franklin and mother, Clara P. Wilson as well as 4 sisters and 4 brothers. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jean Wilson of West Columbia, SC; his sister, Elva Cooper of Winnsboro, SC; his brother, Archie “Bud” Wilson of Young Harris, Georgia; his sons, John “Winky” W. Wilson and Martin “Marty” Heustess as well as his grandchildren, Brandi (Aaron) Tardiff, Amber and Trevor Heustess, John David and Emily Hope Wilson and great-grandchildren, Skylar, Ayden and Matlyn. Wayne was born in Ridgeway, SC on June 22, 1946. He lived most of his life in West Columbia, SC quickly becoming a pillar in his community and pursued a career in law enforcement in 1973, serving as Police Chief of South Congaree from 1980 to 2000. He retired from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and was most recently employed at Lexington Medical Center Public Safety, as an investigator.Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as a dear friend to all that had the honor of knowing him. His service to the community was evident in the 40+ years devoted to a career in Law Enforcement. Wayne was a proud member of the United Neighbors of America as well as an avid race fan. His legacy of kindness, generosity and friendship will forever live in the hearts of those who knew him. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Honorary Pallbearers will be The Men of the United Neighbors of America and Lexington Medical Center Public Safety. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sistercare Inc. of Cayce, 1820 Morlaine Rd., Cayce, SC 29033.
Sistercare Inc. of Cayce
1820 Morlaine Rd., Cayce, South Carolina 29033
- Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
David Wayne Wilson
June 13, 2018
My condolences to Ms. Jean and the entire family. Wayne was most definitely a good man and a Legend in these parts that will be remembered for many years. He was my mentor and advisor when I became Chief in Pine Ridge after I found myself walking in to an empty office on my first day on the job. He was a man of few words but always had a smile on his face. We worked together in many community activities and I could always count on him to have my back on the streets. Even after we both separated from our positions with the towns, I could still count on him for help with other events. I'm proud to have known him. He will be missed by all! Take comfort in knowing that you will see him again one day.
June 12, 2018
When I was organizing the clean up for the Columbia Speedway Wayne was the very first person to reach out to me with an offer to help. This project and what it achieved in the very short time we had to prepare would have happened without the numerous contributions he made throughout the project. He was my right hand and his leadership skills were invaluable. Wayne was the glue that held the project together, it's most valuable asset, and for that I will eternally grateful. In bit of providence I learned of his passing when I looked up a member of the group I had not seen in a few years. This truly is loss for the community as well. Wayne was that rare individual who did those things that needed to be done and made things happen because he wanted success for he group as a whole. Working with him will always be a chapter of my life I will always feel thankful for and cherish.
June 12, 2018
So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a man of great intergrity & astonishing wisdom. I want to share how he handled a couple of juveniles, one 4th of July out joy riding. These 2 boy's were riding around Heather Wood with a BB pistol shooting at mailboxes. Unable to hit any boxes, they took to target practic Stop signs. Still unable to score a hit on half dozen signs, and that car that was following them was still back there. They though it good to move on down the road to Greenwood Dr. Probably bigger signs and boxes. They only got a couple more misses when they noticed that car behind them again. Thats when the lights went off in there head and Wayne's car at the same time. Well 1 juvenile was Rodney McCaw. He come home with a business card handed it to daddy . Told us we had to go see the Chief or he was comming to get him in 1 hour and he was going to jail. We went to see the Chief. It was decided by daddy there had to some kind of punishment. It would be community service, yard work at the police and fire dept. Little did, we know that was like throwing Brer Rabbit into the Briar Patch. Wayne become a friend and mentor to Rod. We are so grateful for having known Wayne. He will live on in our hearts and memory of all who knew him. God bless Wayne and all his family.
June 12, 2018
To Jean and all your family,
Please accept our condolences in the passing of Wayne. I have such fond memories of my brother Bunny (Sid) and I playing with Wayne when we were all young. He always seemed like a brother to us. It is wonderful to see he leaves such a legacy of kindness and friendship. We pray the Lord will give you comfort and peace in the days to come.
Jeanie Wilson Graves, husband Rev. Tom Graves and all our family.
June 11, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 10, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I worked with him for many years and he was such a caring person trying to help everyone. He will truly be missed by this family and this community. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jean and her loving family.