Deacon Wilson Tommy Blain, age 86 of the Sandridge section of Horry, died Saturday, March 7, 2020 at his Home.
Deacon Wilson Tommy Blain, affectionately called, "Dad", "Pop", "Grand-dad", "Dea", "Unk", "Uncle", "Killer", "Tommy" and "Baby", was born May 6, 1933 to the late Deacon Edward and Mother Mamie Williams Blain in the Sandridge Community of Conway, South Carolina. He peacefully transitioned in the early morning hour to his heavenly home on March 7, 2020 at his residence.
Wilson was one of eight children raised in a very God-fearing home. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of St. John Church of God. At the age of twelve he made a personal decision and transferred his membership to Bethlehem #1 Missionary Baptist Church.
Wilson's education began at Felton Grade School and continued at Whittemore High School. Upon his graduation from high school, knowing that his parents were unable to send him to college, he went "up north". Through the assistance of Congressman John McMillan, he was able to enroll in the University of Maryland. He completed two years there. Subsequently, he received training in Communications. As a result of his training, he was employed with the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. for thirty (30) years until retirement. HIs employment there entailed serving in the White House Security Force.
Following retirement, Wilson returned "home". His employment history covered a variety of services to mankind: Conway Colored Fireman, Car Salesman (Conway Ford), Special Needs and other security positions in Horry County. After returning to Conway, Wilson met the love of his life, Mary Williams Rogers at Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church. After a year's courtship, they were united in holy matrimony. This loving relationship endured for thirty-three years, then God called him home.
Deacon Blain faithfully served his God and Church. Upon the death of his cousin Herbert Alston, he became the "Father of the Church" in 2016. In 2018 he was honored and named "Deacon Emeritus". His membership, stewardship and positions held at Bethlehem #1 was only a part of his service to the body of Christ and mankind. If anyone needed help and it was in his power, help was given.
Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Idell Blain, Joanna Blain Williams Walls, Jobe Abraham Blain, Kelley Blain Alston, Bishop Edward Blain, II; brothers-in-law: William Junius Carroll and Benjamin "Jack" Alston; children: Michael Blain, Mamie Coleman and Earl Green.
Those left to forever cherish his life and memories are his wife, Mary Williams Blain; sisters: Grace "Maggie Lee" Carroll of New York and Jean Blain Skeeters of Columbia, SC; children: Edward E. Jackson (Sharon) of Conway, SC, Barbara Merritt of Union, NJ, Tommy Blain (Dawn) of Washington, D.C., Robin Blain of Washington, D.C., Linder Jackson Williams (Allen) of New York, Sharon Manning of Brooklyn, NY, Cheryl and Edwin Rogers, Abdul Hagg (Shonta) of Conway, SC, Darryl Rogers (Patrice) of Jacksonville, Fl; a very special mother-in-law, Rhuetilla M. Grate, "Moma" of Conway SC, a number of grands, great-grands, great-great grands, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and spiritual children: Evang. Janice Bridges, Evang. Vernette Avant, Minister Latrenda Carler, Rev. Ethel Coleman and Rev. Verna Wallace (deceased).
Deacon Blain lived a long and active life, in which he enjoyed fishing and golfing.
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