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Wilma Preston

Wilma Burnette Preston, age 79, of Spartanburg, S.C., wife of the late James Preston and daughter of the late James Stanley Burnette and the late Fannie Rebecca Smith Burnette, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. She is survived by her daughters; Judy (Ray) Southerland, Eva Sue (Freddie) Lisa Ann Preston and Maria (Gregg) Thompson; a sister, Bobbie Meyers; fourteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul Edward Preston and a daughter, Brenda Kaye Preston Black. She was born in Joanna, S. C. but had spent most of her life in Spartanburg, S.C. She was a homemaker, a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She loved  and served her God for 46 years and was a dedicated member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church in Spartanburg County, S.C.  She also loved her family with all her heart, and they in turn loved her just as much. A godly woman of her caliber shall be greatly missed by her family and all whose lives she touched during the 79 precious years that God granted her on this earth.  Death is not the end, as she has just made that great transition to her new Heavenly home where all is peace and joy in a land of endless tomorrows. A service, celebrating her life and homegoing, will be held in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM with her son-in-law, Rev. Ray Southerland officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. The interment will follow the service at the Graniteville Cemetery. The Pallbearers will be Rodney Smith, Gregg Thompson, Tim Southerland, Wayne Driggers, Dillon Driggers and William Fields.  Napier Funeral Home, Inc., 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. 29829 is in charge of all arrangements. You can visit the online guest register at www.napierfuneralhomeinc.com.


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I am going to miss you so much Nanny. I am going to miss our talks. I am going to miss hearing your voice carry in the night as you prayed so many prayers for everyone and shed so many tears when you lived with us here in NC for that little while. You loved your family, not one person was every left out from those prayers. I am going to miss seeing you dig deep into the bible studies and spend hours in it. Going to mess the funny faces you made when you were trying to figure out a complicated word puzzle. Everything about you, I am going to miss so much, I love you and I am so thankful God place you in my life. Greg and Liam misses and loves you to pieces. Rest in peace Nanny! Hug Papa for me.

Mariea Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

I remember having some moments with my grandparents but because of distance I only got to know them somewhat. Well God sent you into my life Spring of 2010 and you accepted me into your home with open arms. When I decided to move down to Stanley you made me feel welcomed and supported Mariea and I in every decision and dream we had. Because of your love and compassion I was able to make a family and begin wonderful memories to come. It was an honor to live with you for those few years and I got to know a woman who in my opinion was the most dedicated prayer warrior I have ever met. You put to shame even pastors when it came to getting into the Word. When you called me your son, I remember crying in tears and I was thankful for the love you showed me. I enjoyed every moment you and I shared, and allowing me to have those personal talks when I needed a good ear to listen too. Now sometimes you may not have heard every word I said but you just smiled that pretty smile and I knew I could confide in you when I needed too. We had some ups and downs but all family is like that. That is how you know your relationships are strong is when you have disagreements but in the end it is love that holds us together. I remember you laying your hands on me in prayer. I remember you holding my hand tight praying for every safe travel Mariea and I had over the years. I remember the day I became a father and I was so excited to bring you and Charles to the hospital to hold our precious little boy. One of my favorite times in my life was you living with us and Liam would wake up and say good morning with a kiss and hug to wake his nanny. He loves you very much nanny, we all do. I will cherish every moment we all had together as a family. I will forever be your adopted son and I truly love you with all my heart. I will see you again one day in heaven but before I do I made a promise to take care of your daughter and raise my family in the Lord. I made you that promise and I will keep it till the Lord takes me away to meet you once more in heaven and see that beautiful smile in glory and see you run to me on those streets of gold. I love you sweet lady and always will.

Greg Thompson Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

Faye was a true Christian who loved Jesus with every ounce of her being. She always had a smile that only God could have kelp on your face because I know you were in pain but the love of God shines through with that radiate smile. I loved you very much. I will see you again in Heaven.

Joan Pou Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM