Dr. Robert L “C.J.” Wilson passed from this earthly life Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home in Albany, Calif.
He attended an historical congregation near his residence.
He was retired from the Veteran’s Administration. During his retirement, he had been developing a program addressing PTSD for the junior colleges in the state of California. Previous to his retirement, he was a National Project Manager for the Veterans Administration. He also served in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the National Director of Occupational Health Psychology, receiving national honors for his efforts. He served the Veterans Administration as an educational services representative and as an associate of mental health. Prior to serving with the Veterans Administration, he was a chief psychologist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was also an adjunct professor teaching psychology in a junior college in California.
Prior to receiving his doctorate at Auburn University, he graduated with the University of Tennessee Knoxville class of 1976 and the Bradley Central High School class of 1972 where he was the president of his graduating class.
Along with his devotion to America’s Veterans, he held interests in music, the arts and the environment. He was an avid University of Tennessee fan, particularly of the football team. He remained connected with the hometown he loved and the people in it. He was a friend to many and brought joy to any occasion as a master storyteller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Anderson Wilson and Louise Belle Bible Wilson.
He is survived by a sister, Gwen Wilson Guy and brother-in-law, Dwight A. Guy; nieces: Emily Guy Holt and husband, Jerry Holt, Lindsey Guy Sarden and husband, Jay Sarden; great-nephews: Owen and Bobby Holt; and many cousins, friends and classmates.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the chapel of Grissom Funeral Home.
Following the service, the Bradley High School class of 1976 will dedicate a tree to honor Dr. Wilson in Cleveland’s Greenway Park. Family and friends are invited to this informal gathering and encouraged to share their own masterful stories about the joy of knowing Dr. Wilson.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. Wilson’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Wilson family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.
Mark S. Grissom, funeral director.