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Mary Sue Hill Wilson, 93, of Savannah, Georgia, and widow of James “Jim” Edward Wilson, died peacefully Thursday morning, January 16, 2020, at Sunabella at Savannah with her family and friends at her side.

Born in Washington, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Nicholson Hill and the late Pearle Leola Harrelson Hill. Sue was a longtime, active member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Daughters of the King and St. Clare’s Guild. Jim, her husband of 58 years and the love of her life, died September 4, 2019. For more than 50 years she and Jim were involved with Mysterious Santa bringing the spirit of Christmas to every person in the hospitals and nursing homes in Savannah. Sue started her banking career with the Savannah Bank and Trust the day she graduated from high school. While with the bank she worked in the auditing, accounting, and funds management departments. In the 100th year of the banks history, she was elected the first woman officer. Sue retired after 35 years of service as a Vice President. For years she and her friends met every Wednesday to play Rummikub. Sue will be remembered as a lady who always had a deep devotion and love for her church, family, and friends.

Survivors include one daughter, Sue Wilson Hartloge and her husband, Carl, of Richmond Hill; one son, Keith Wilson and his wife, Sue, of Savannah; three grandchildren, Brandon Hartloge and his wife, Brittany, Bradley Hartloge and his wife, Claire, and Dena Rhodes; two great-grandchildren, Ronnie Keith Rhodes and James Allen Rhodes; one brother, William Griffin Hill, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, January 20, 2020, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church conducted by the Reverend R. Kevin Kelly. Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter – Suite 103, 4849 Paulsen Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-4424 or Mysterious Santa – c/o St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church – 3101 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404.

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  1. Billy Wilson says:

    I knew Sue through her time at the old Savannah Bank. I am a retired bank examiner with the state of GA and she was always ready with a smile and concise explanation of any question I may have. I saw her a few years back and she remembered me. (I always wandered if there was any relation with Mr. Wilson, as my Wilson relatives were from Effingham). My sincerest condolences to her surviving family members.

  2. Arthur Harris says:

    Dear Sue, Keith, and family:
    I was saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her in both the Accounting and Funds Management departments of Savannah Bank & Trust. She was a good friend and terrific mentor. We shared a unique bond. We were both born in Washington NC, although she would remind me she was from nearby Chocowinity NC. She was a great treasure and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

  3. Ken Jernigan says:

    Keith, Sue, and family:
    Your mother meant so much to me in my early career at Savannah Bank. She mentored me and looked out for me so many times. We kept in touch through the years and i remember with fondness many of the visits and conversations we had. She and James were dear friends and they will be greatly missed by Kathy and me. Please know of our prayers and concern for all of you.

  4. Les Carter says:

    I remember Sue from having worked in Savannah Bank’s auditing department in 1967-1969 where she was like the auditor’s right hand. Words that come to mind are integrity, dedicated, capable, very hard working, and very nice person. My sincere condolences to Sue’s family.

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