Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm, 73, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Covington; passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina. She was born in Acworth to the late James Thomas and Marie T. Donald. Leila was a loving wife, mother and Maw Maw. She enjoyed sewing, her church activities, cooking and flower gardening. Leila would help anyone in need and was a true “Good Samaritan”. She was the backbone of her family and loved them more than anything. Leila is preceded in death by her mother Marie T. Donald and daughter, Kimberly Crowe.
Leila is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Frank C. Wilhelm, of Covington; son, Chris Wilhelm, of Enoree, South Carolina; daughters, Robbi Wilhelm, of Covington and Laura Sullivan, of Clinton, South Carolina; grandchildren, Brandon Wilhelm, Zack Wilhelm, Keith Wilhelm, Kori Wilhelm, Brittany Bunch, Tiffany Bunch, Danielle Crowe, Allyson James, Caleb Dutton, Josh James, Christian Wilhelm, Jayden Wilhelm and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at Mars Hill Cemetery in Acworth. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Guests may sign the online register at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory 11405 Brown Bridge Road Covington 770-786-7111.