He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Georgia Cumberland Conference. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1943 to 1947. He was employed as a teacher and a principal and also served as a preacher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Hughes Wilson; parents, Ronald Wilson and Elda Snyder Wilson; granddaughter, Elizabeth Beth Wilson; brothers: Warren Wilson and Wesley Wilson; and sister, Dorothy Lindguist.
Survivors include his three children: Ronald Wilson and wife, Phyllis, of Harrison, Diane Hodges and husband, Larry, of Cleveland, and Terry L. Wilson of Columbia, S.C.; 11 grandchildren: Kaye Portera, Caryn Bledsoe, Wayne Hodges and Doug Hodges, all of Cleveland; Rex Wilson and Tambry Wilson, both of Harrison; Terri Quarles and Jennifer Matheson, both of Ooltewah; Elizabeth Thompson of Ringgold, Ga., and Hannah Wilson and Courtney Wilson, both of Columbia, S.C.; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Callis and husband, Clarence, of Portland; brother, Lawrence Wilson and wife, Merita, of Ringgold, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Revs. John Neff, Charles Hindman and Mike Mnich officiating. Caryn Bledsoe will bring the eulogy.
Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Floral Crest Cemetery in Bryant, Ala., with military honors. Doug Hodges, Wayne Hodges, Austin Olson, Marshall Green, Rex Wilson, and Daulton Hodges will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Daughtery, Rex Bledsoe, Payton Hodges and Colin Wilson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Wilson family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.