Graduate Student and Winthrop Graduate Tyesha Wilson Passes Away

December 26, 2023


  • Tyesha Wilson earned a Winthrop degree in 2020 and was working on a graduate degree at the time of her death.
  • Wilson was described as "driven and determined" and was "always positive."

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA - Tyesha Wilson, 24, a Winthrop University graduate student, passed away in a car accident on Dec. 24. 

Wilson, of Hemingway, South Carolina, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on marketing in 2020, and she was working on a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on human resource management at the time of her death. 

In a Dec. 26 campus-wide e-mail sent by Shelia Burkhalter, vice president for student affairs, Jane Thomas, professor of marketing, was quoted remembering Wilson for her drive and determination. "She valued education," Thomas said. A former classmate, Nigel Walker '20, shared that Wilson "was always positive and had a fun energy. She was a sweetheart."

A funeral will be held on Friday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Carvers Bay High School, located at 13002 Choppee Road, in Hemingway.

A balloon release will take place on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m. at 8312 Carvers Bay Road in Hemingway.

Wilds Funeral Home, 130 N. Merriman Road in Georgetown, is serving the family.

Floral arrangements may be coordinated through Elegant Florist at 843/625-0383.



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