EVANS, Ga. - Entered into eternal glory on October 28, 2006, Mrs. Willie Sleister Partridge 89, of Evans, GA. The service celebrating her life and homegoing will be held at the Abilene Baptist Church on Tuesday October 31, 2006 at 3:00 PM, with Rev. Bill Harrell and Rev. Jeff Harris officiating. Burial will be in the First Baptist Church of Evans Churchyard. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers, with her other grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren serving as an honorary escort. She was the wife of the late John Henry Partridge for 54 years, before his passing in 1988. A lifelong resident of Columbia County, she was born in Leah, GA to Ambrose Clarence Sleister and Jenola Jordan Sleister and was the oldest of 12 children. "Miss Willie" as she was known to so many, was a descendant of one of Columbia County's Oldest families and was very proud of her Southern Heritage. Her ancestors include 2 great grandfathers, who fought gallantly in Columbia County regiments in the War Between the States. She lived her childhood and early married years in the Leah-Appling area, before moving with John Henry to Evans, in 1941. They lived the rest of their lives and raised their 5 children in what is now known as Evans Town Center. During Willie's long and fruitful life, she, in addition to being a devoted wife and mother, held a number of positions, in the workplace. She was proud to have been one of Columbia County's first female school bus drivers, after working for years in the children's department of Davison's Department Store on Broad Street. She also owned the Kiddie Korner Day Care and Kindergarten, in Evans, where she touched the lives of many children, with daily Bible stories. Just before retirement, she worked in her family's business, Martina's Flowers & Gifts. Other than her family, the most important aspect of her life was her Church. She was a devout Christian lady and a member of Abilene Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School until her health failed. Because of her knowledge of the Bible and scripture, she taught in a number, of churches and led Bible studies over a span of 50 years. She served on the pulpit committees that called the two pastors officiating at her service, to their respective churches. Even as her body failed, her mind remained sharp and her main desire was to share the Gospel and see others led to Christ, even in the very last days, of her life. That was her testimony. She leaves behind a large and loving family, who will always remember the unselfish love, kindness and generosity she showed them. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest child, her beloved Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Wheatley in 1994. Survivors include 1 son, John H. Partridge, Jr. and wife Deborah, Evans; and 3 daughters, Linda P. Wilson, Appling, Sandra P. Clark, Lincolnton and Patricia P. Slagle and husband Jim, Evans. She was "Grandma" to 16 grandchildren, DeniseWheatley Labbe, Marie Wheatley Welsh and husband Wesley, Carol Wheatley Alexander and husband Bob, Tommy Wilson and wife June, Phillip Wilson, Patrick Wilson and wife Melinda, Clay Clark, Cassy Clark Stringfield and husband Rick, Candy Clark Smith and husband Elliott, Chris Clark and wife Jill, Greg Slagle and wife Robin, Brent Slagle, Jon Slagle and wife Amy, Jimi Slagle Lane, Heather Partridge Johnson and husband Travis, Adrienne Partridge Colvin and husband Clay and Amanda Dupree. She was G.G. to 33 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. Other survivors are 4 brothers, Herbert Sleister and wife Grace, Martinez, John E. Sleister and wife Edith, North Augusta, Delano Sleister and wife Pat, Augusta, Reuben Sleister, Homosassa, FL, 1 sister, Rebecca Pelayo, Martinez and numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends at Platt's Belair Road Monday evening, between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Road, Evans, Ga., 706-860-6166.
The Augusta Chronicle-October 31, 2006