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Clinnie Ruth Wilder

August 17, 1952 ~ March 2, 2021 (age 68)


Mrs. Clinnie Ruth White Wilder was born August 17, 1952 in Sumter to the late Minnie Lee Byrd Reese and Abraham Cocklin. Her biological father was the late Hazel White Jr., but Abraham Cocklin raised her as his own. He was called “Wax“ by Clinnie.

Clinnie Ruth was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. Her professional background consisted of private eldercare services for over thirty years. Clinnie’s passion was her faith and family. She was a longtime member of the church where she  accepted her Lord and Savior and was baptized the same time as her father Abraham Cocklin at Salem Missionary Baptist Church by Reverend T.O. Everett. During her service for the Lord,   Clinnie sang on the Jubilee Choir, the adult choir and she also taught vacation bible school. Later she joined the Rapture Ministry singing ensemble where she  continued to lift the Lord’s name in Praise. In her spare time, Clinnie created beautiful pieces of arts and crafts and loved her search-a-word-puzzles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Terry Jerome Wilder, three  brothers, Abraham Cocklin Jr, Robert Lee Cocklin and Melvin White, a sister, Betty Ann Lane, two special aunts, Marie Eddy and Eva McCay, two special friends, Christine  Andrew and Tawanda Jacobs.

Clinnie was called home to rest with the Lord peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her sons and loved ones.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories; her former husband, Michael Wilder, Sr.; two devoted and loving sons, Michael Ellis (Adrienne)  Wilder Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and Willie Abraham Wilder of Sumter, SC; nine grandchildren, Tiara Wilder, Hakeem Wilder,  Destiny Jacobs, Somara (Tyrell) Reid, Terry Wilder, Lanyah Wilder, Ashanti Wilder, Mercedes Wilder and Alexis Wilder; five great-grandchildren; Mathius Wilder, Hakeem Wilder, Jr., Halliegh Wilder, Dejah Jacobs and Persia Reid; a nephew she took as grandson, Terry C.S.  Nelson  Nelson;  two beloved brothers, Pastor Charles  Abraham (Kellye) Cocklin of Boca Raton, FL and James Lee (Rosa Ellen) Cocklin; two beloved sisters, Eva (Carl) Vaughn of Charlotte, NC and Floretty (Curtis) Nelson of Sumter, SC;  three special aunts, Williene Cocklin, Dorothy Webster, Hazetlin (Lorenzo) Smith, a uncle, James Cocklin, Sr; four special nieces, Tawanda (Rashad)  Lewis, Minnie, Charletta, Kennetta; four special nephews, Reco Nelson, Curtis A. (Tyres) Nelson, Carl M. Vaughn; five good friends who stood by her side always, Frizell Johnson, Carrie  Rosenburg, First Lady Karen Johnson, Jennifer Jones and Lisa Champayne.


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March 6, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Whites Mortuary
517 N Guignard Drive
Sumter, SC 29150

Funeral Service
March 7, 2021

2:00 PM
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
182 South Pike Rd East
Sumter, SC 29150

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