July 8, 1943 ~ December 17, 2014
Daddy was always a kind, generous person always giving of himself and his
time. He would give you the shirt right off his back and be glad to do
so. He was compassionate towards others and loved to help those in need.
Once on a family trip, a complete stranger at a gas station asked for
assistance. The man was a truck driver who missed his delivery window
and was going to have to wait until the next day to get his compensation.
Without hesitation, Daddy stopped right there and made him some sandwiches
from the trunk of our car so the man could have a few meals.
Other times he would befriend people who were less fortunate then us. I
remember one man in our neighborhood that would sit up with Daddy and
talk half the night on a regular basis. He loved to share the love and
compassion of Jesus with others. Sometimes his generosity would get him
in trouble with Momma.
He was an automotive technician by trade. Many weekends of my youth were
spent at friends and families' while he worked on their automobile.
This was in addition to his regular 6-day a week work load. When I was
a little older and had a wider circle of friends and acquaintances, I
would recommend him when asked if I knew a "good, honest mechanic."
Sometimes they would go on to become regular customers of his at his place
He would always call when he was getting ready to come home from work.
That was the most exciting part of the day. Knowing that our Daddy was
on his way home and we would start getting dinner ready for him or wait
to see if he wanted to go somewhere to eat out. I couldn't wait until
he got home so I could tell him about something I learned that day or
anything thing that I wanted his insight on. And he was full of insight
and always had great advice.
He loved a wide variety of music of all different types. From quartet gospels
to country and bluegrass to vocal groups of the 50's and 60's.
The Classic composers like Beethoven and Mozart. He even enjoyed a little
bit of 80's synthesizer-pop music. Many evenings he didn't even
turn on TV. He would put on some of his favorite records and listen to
them until he went to bed. Our neighbors, The Conner's, hosted bluegrass
jam sessions most every Saturday night. They would play until well after
the cows came home. We would be right there absorbing every bit of it.
That was the roots of my own appreciation for music.
Daddy is survived by his fiance' Beatrice Magee, children: Susan Davis
June Barker husband Christopher, Billy Wilson wife Jenell and Becky Crowels
husband Amos; grandchildren: Sabre, Justin, Breonna, Sereena, Christopher,
Catherine and Lydia; great grandchildren: Hope, Jewell and Greyson. He
is also survived by his brothers: Benny Wilson, Tommy Wilson, Robert Wilson,
Joe Wilson and Tony Aguilar along with sister: Rosa Elwood. He is preceded
in death by his parents Benjamin Wilson and Verlon (Gibbs) Behnke, his
momma Rosie, wife Carol Wilson and daughter Loretta Rosson.
The lives of everyone he touched were enriched and he will be sorely missed.