“Abide with me! Fast fall the eventide; The darkness deepens – Lord with me Abide! When other helpers fail and comfort flee, help of the helpers, O Abide with me”.
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Mr. Curlie Wilson, son of the late Christine Montgomery and Curlie Wilson, was born August 17, 1940 in Olanta, Florence County, South Carolina. He received his formal education at Walker Gamble School in New Zion, South Carolina. At an early age, he joined Howard Chapel AME Church.
Curlie’s was part of a family that was very talented in music. He loved music and he was the first guitar player in the family. His mother taught all of the children how to sing. Over the years, he played the guitar with a group called the Junior Silver Bells. His mother, Sister Christine always affectionately called him, Boy. He was known throughout the community as Mr. Boy or Uncle Boy. He was a cheerful, loving person who loved to play jokes and he could be depended on to look out for and take care of his family.
Curlie did farm work until he was old enough to become independent. He moved to Florida with his Uncle Sam John Montgomery. He worked with his family and he was a carpenter and concrete finisher.
He was joined in Holy Matrimony with Daisy Mae Brown and their union was blessed with four children and one stepson. His wife Daisy Mae and one son, Clyde Montgomery proceeded him in death.
Curlie joined Mt. Hermon AME Church late in life. He was grateful for the prayers and visits of Rev. Henry E. Greene, who brought into membership with the church.
He leaves to cherish his memories: His children: David Brown, Calvin Montgomery, Cedelia Motngomery, and stepson, Bernard; His grandchildren: Calvin Montgomery, Jr, Thameha Montgomery, Peggy Montgomery, Keila Montgomery, Themelia Montgomery, and Kalgain Montgomery; His sisters and brothers: Bertharee Tomlin of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Carrie Dell Myers of New Zion, S.C., and Ernest Lee Montgomery (Lillie) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Deceased sisters and brothers: Jessie Montgomery, Jr.(Peggy), Legatha Mae McFadden, Gertia Mae Montgomery, Joseph Montgomery; 26 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and other relatives and friends.