BLUFFTON, SC (WSAV. – Party life, quick wit and “rock to so many” are just a few of the phrases used to describe Terry Wisdom.
The beloved Bluffton Middle School professor of technology died on September 8 of complications from COVID-19. On Saturday morning, nearly 80 community members gathered to honor Wisdom in what they called a “celebration in tears.”
“There is nothing wrong with shedding a tear, nothing wrong with laughing out loud today as we remember this dear man, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend,” said said Pastor Rob Jacobs.
Family members, staff, students and neighbors formed a sea of ââred in honor of Wisdom’s favorite team, the Oklahoma Sooners, as they gathered on the college football field .
“Not a day has gone by that he hasn’t come to my office and ask me for more money for his department and for his robotics students,” said director Matt Hall. “Which is just a testament to this man for everything he stood up for for his children. We know how much he loved his family, but he loved his students nonetheless.”
Relatives took turns sharing funny memories of Wisdom, the person who always made them smile.
âHe’s just amazing. One of my best friends. I just brought the most happiness and the best joy in my life, âsaid Wisdom’s son, Dallas.
âThe smile he always gave everyone and the smile of his students with robotics – just smiles and laughs, that’s how I remember him,â said the colleague from Wisdom.
Community members described Wisdom as someone who would do anything for the people he cared about.
âHe was watching me if I wasn’t at work and that meant a lot,â said colleague Lakeisha Lofton. âAnd when he wasn’t at work, he still watched me two, three, four times a day. I will certainly miss him and he will always have this special place in my heart. “
Before becoming a teacher, Wisdom served six years in the military between the military, special forces, and marines.
He was known as someone who lived to the fullest and did well.
âTerry was a fighter,â said Pastor Rob Jacobs. “In fact, he said at the front office here at Bluffton Middle a few weeks ago, as things were improving with his health, he said ‘don’t give me extended days, I’ll be back next week. . “”
Wisdom began teaching at Bluffton Middle in 2017. He was 54 at the time of his death.
In honor of Wisdom, the family asked attendees to donate to the Bluffton Robotics Club or Nine Line Apparel.