A private, family graveside service will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 at Coaltown Cemetery in Purvis for Paula Fay Humphries Wilson, 63, of Purvis, who died Sunday, March 7, 2021. Visitation for friends will begin at 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Purvis prior to the private graveside service.
Paula was an active member of First Baptist Church of Purvis for many years. She worked for Lamar County School District in various roles, most recently as Administrative Assistant for the Parents as Teachers program. She was also the owner of Wilson's Old Time Candy Shoppe in Purvis, where she loved interacting with customers who came for the conversation, candy and hand-crafted items by local artists.
Most will remember Paula for her smile, laugh and fun personality. Her daughters, their friends, nieces, nephews and neighbors have fond memories of her joking around, making forts, crafting, fishing and playing games. Her most recent favorite role was "Nana" to her four grandchildren.
Paula was also a gifted athlete. As a Purvis High School basketball player, her accolades included All-Lamar County, All-District and Best Hustler. She was voted Most Athletic her junior and senior years.
She was a dedicated wife to Leslie, who was a public servant in Lamar County for many years, and she never complained about the time he had to spend fulfilling those roles successfully.
Paula leaves a legacy of faith, family and fun and will be missed tremendously by many. Because she put her faith in Jesus as the only perfect sacrifice for sins, those who knew her can be assured she is in His presence today.
Paula is preceded in death by her parents, H.A. and Eldna Humphries. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Leslie Wilson; two daughters, Stacey Gotwald (Chris) of Starkville and Emily Hession (Will) of Purvis; four grandchildren, Barrett Gotwald, Reeves Hession, Jace Gotwald and Emma Raye Hession; two brothers, Michael Humphries (Becky) of Oloh and Dr. Tony Humphries (Ginger) of Columbia; and a host of extended family members.