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Reverend Lessie Loadholt

November 10, 2021

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.    Revelation 21:4


Only God is the giver of life, so on February 12, 1954, in Hampton County, South Carolina, the late Willie Robert Wilson and Ella Mae Housey were given the gift of a beautiful, unique angel named Lessie Wilson.  From her birth until her demise, she will always be remembered  by her beautiful radiant smile, gracefulness, soft and sweet spirit. As stated, it takes a village to raise an extraordinary individual with impeccable character. That village was at her Grandmother Mary Housey’s house in Robertsville, South Carolina.

Lessie was a 1972 graduate of Ridgeland High School. She successively mastered many technical courses and programs over the years and earned several certificates. Reverend Loadholt was the widow of the first Black sheriff of  Hampton County, Reverend Isiah “Rudy” Loadholt. It is said, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” God embellished Lessie with the spirit of  serving mankind. As a public servant, Lessie served in the following capacities: former deputy clerk of Jasper County, certified dental assistant emeritus,former secretary of the Young Women Auxiliary, Breeler Field Grave Committee, assistant clerk for the Town of Furman, Vice Moderator of the Bethel Union. At the time of transitioning, Lessie was employed with Martin Funeral Home as an attendant and chaplain.

Lessie’s life was ingrained with the doctrine of Godly living. She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was affiliated with King Branch Baptist Church. She later moved her membership during her young adult age to Sandhill Baptist Church. Lessie believed strongly in God’s Holy words and took to heart Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might”.  She was a servant at heart and served faithfully. Throughout her membership, she served in many capacities as: secretary, senior choir member, pastor’s aide board, Sunday school teacher and acting recording secretary. Blessed with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Lessie answered God’s call and was licensed on April 22, 2007, and ordained on August 30, 2009.

“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Most people desire success in life, and they define it in various ways.  However, for a true saint of God, the pinnacle of success is to hear the welcome voice of the Lord say, “WELL DONE”.  On November 10, 2021, Reverend Loadholt left her earthly home and entered eternal rest to be with the Lord.  Preceding her in death were: her father, Willie Robert Wilson; husband, Isaiah Rudy Loadholt; son, Cornelius “Neely” Loadholt; and grandmother, Mary Housey.

Left to cherish her memories and await the coming of Christ are: a loving mother, Ella Mae (Johnny) Ervin of Garnett, SC; a devoted and kind friend, Alphonso Bing of Levy, SC; seven sisters, Josephine Patterson of Pineland, SC, Eugenia Wilson of Garnett, SC , Dr. Mary (Michael) Bryant and Apostle Louise ( Overseer Richard) Rouse both of Columbia, SC , Ann (Harry) Laurel of Pineland, SC, Vanessa Wilson of Garnett, SC, and Julia Eady of Savannah, GA; two brothers, Wylie (Mary) Wilson of Garnett, SC and Ricky (Tiffany) Wilson of Columbia, SC; two step children, Stacy (Beverly) Loadholt of Islandton, SC and Bree Brown of Jacksonville, FL; one adopted daughter, Leticia Ling of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; raised with her in the home of Mary Housey, Leroy Frazier, Jr.; two uncles, Sam (Jannie) Housey of Tarboro, SC and Rev. James Smith of Varnville, SC; brother-in-law, Orilee (Emma) Loadholt of Murrells Inlet, SC ; sisters-in-law, Marie and Mary Loadholt both of Estill, SC; daughter-in-law, Linda Cooler of Varnville, SC; long time adopted sister-in-love and friend, Prophet Shirley Ford; close friend, Barbara Harrison of Ridgeland, SC ; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and my Martin Funeral Home Family.

My Motto: Please be patient with me, God is not finish with me yet, when he is, I will be as pure as gold.


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November 18, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Martin Funeral Home Chapel
161 Clarke Avenue South
Estill, SC 29918

November 19, 2021

11:00 AM
Reverend Lessie Loadholt Residence
13924 Savannah Highway South
Furman, SC 29921

Interment following funeral service
November 19, 2021

First Thankful Baptist Church
2591 Steepbottom Road
Estill, South Carolina 29918

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