Lucille H. Wyatt
Lucille Hood Wyatt, 84, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Spartanburg Medical Center, Mary Black Campus.
Born August 22, 1937 in Spartanburg County, SC., she was a daughter of the late Kelly John Andrew Wilkerson and Opal Turner Wilkerson. She was the wife of Perry Wyatt and first married to the late Ed Lance Hood. She was a graduate of Winthrop University and was retired from the Rutherford County, NC. School System where she lastly worked at Harris Elementary School as a Media Coordinator and Librarian and was a member of Northbrook Baptist Church.
When describing Lucille, people often mentioned attributes such as “Christian woman,” “quiet strength,” and “sensitive in some ways but very strong in others.” She loved music, theater, flowers, snow, and singing, which were later instilled in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She often sang duets with her daughter and loved to watch her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren perform in plays, marching contests, Christmas parades, and band concerts. She was also an avid SC Gamecocks fan, especially in the days of Frank McGuire basketball. You could often hear her yelling excitedly as her team scored a basketball goal. Her children always knew that if they bought her 50’s music or tickets for musical theater, plays, or concerts, she would be happy.
During her marriage to her late husband, Ed Hood, she did something that was a bit unusual for a woman of that timeframe. In order to fulfill her dreams of being a teacher and a librarian, she was responsible for two young children, two separate households (Rock Hill and Chesnee), and starting a new business with her husband. It certainly was not easy as she also was responsible for all of her college work at Winthrop University at the same time. It was probably fortuitous that her example of a strong woman occurred when it did, in that it helped foster a love of reading in her daughter which later led to her daughter earning a doctorate degree and serving as a superintendent in three school districts. Her son also learned from her strength and work ethic as he started his own successful peach operation.
After her first husband died, Lucille was lonely because she had spent years of her life nursing her husband through Alzheimer’s. Part of her family lived in other states. She began praying that God would send her a friend so that she would have someone to do things with. When she prayed, she was expecting a female friend. Little did she know that the friend that she was sent was her former fifth-grade boyfriend who was living in another state. This resulted in a happy marriage to Perry Wyatt and companionship and love until her death.
As a strong Christian, for many years during the summers, Lucille would go on missionary trips to various countries around the world. She worked with gypsies in Romania, developed longstanding friendships from missionary trips to Brazil, and worked with others from various countries and regions such as Kenya and Ukraine. She would then use her skills to share with people in the United States about her experiences and the needs of the people in those countries. To the end, she was a praying woman, confident in her destiny.
Surviving in addition to her husband is her daughter, Dr. Cecelia Greenberg and husband Michael of Chesnee; son, Mitchell Hood and wife Linda of Chesnee; step-children, Jeff Wyatt and wife Teena, Barbara Bailey and husband Pat, Eddie Wyatt and wife Dianna; brother, John Wilkerson of Boiling Springs; sisters, Doris Tutterow of Boiling Springs, Judy Ellison of Charlotte, NC.; grandchildren, Jonathan English, Lindsay Posey, Leah Lovelace, Cameron Cox, Shannon Hood; great-grandchildren, Ilaria English, Elisa English, Addyson Posey, Jordynn Posey, Kaelyn Lovelace; step-grandchildren, Cory Wyatt, Justin Wyatt, Tiffany Bailey and a step-great-grandchild, Silas Wyatt.
In addition to her parents and first husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Gilbert.
Friends and family may pay their respects to Mrs. Wyatt Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Harris-Nadeau Mortuary.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Springhill Memorial Gardens with Rev. Benny Green officiating.
The family ask the due to Covid-19 that mask and social distancing be practice during the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.harrisnadeaumortuary.com