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Sylvia L. Clinton-Wilson

December 15, 1942 ~ July 22, 2019 (age 76)

Evangelist Sylvia L. Wilson, 76, of Davenport, Iowa transitioned from this life on Monday, July 22, 2019 in the comfort of her home while surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be 10 A.M. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 followed by a Home-going Celebration at 11 A.M.  All services will be at the Davenport Friends Church New Beginning, 1915 Ridgeview Drive Davenport, IA 52806, where her daughter Tammy Ruffin serves as Pastor.

Sylvia L. Clinton was born to Jessie and Viola (Creer) Clinton in Meridian, Mississippi on December 15, 1942.  She was the eighth of thirteen children born to this union.

She married her only husband in 1962.

Sylvia was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and was filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at the Pentecostal Church of God under the leadership of the late Bishop A. L. Boyd.

She was called to the ministry and was ordained as an Evangelist. She worked tirelessly under the leadership of the late District Elder Henry Thomas, Jr. at Messiah Temple. She later became a faithful member of Jerusalem Apostolic Temple under the leadership of Bishop David Walker and continued to serve and to love the Lord throughout her life.

Evangelist Wilson retired from Oscar Mayer after more than 30 years of service.

She loved to sing, play the piano and to study her bible. She enjoyed going out to eat every Sunday after Church. She enjoyed shopping.  Most of all, she got a big kick from running her at-home candy store for the neighborhood kids.

Memorials can be made to Evangelist Wilson’s family.

Evangelist Wilson is survived by her children: Timothy Wilson, Sr. and Pastor Tammy Ruffin both of Davenport; Tracy Wilson-Jordan and Michael Wilson, Sr., both of Atlanta, GA; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her siblings: Abraham Clinton, Minnie Hardy, both of Davenport, William (Bessie) Clinton of Marietta, GA; Sarah (Robert) Ankum, Essie (Wilson) Thomas, and Earnest (Diane) Clinton, all of Davenport and Betty Ann Rogers, of Rock Island, Illinois.  She is also survived by a host of family members and friends.

Evangelist Sylvia Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Thomas Wilson, Sr., two great grandchildren; Kenny Ray Campbell, Jr. and Jada Wilson. Four of her brothers; Johnny, Jessie, Tommie and Hubert Clinton and her sister Arlean Peterson.

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