Age: 92 Address: Pensacola Community Date of Death: Saturday, May 17, 2014 Arrangements: Yancey Funeral Service
Details: Ward Richard Wilson of the Pensacola Community, went to his home in Heaven on Saturday, May 17th at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary Hensley Wilson and the great-grandson of Big Tom Wilson. He was also preceded in death by a son, Carl Wilson and a grandson, Jonathan Whitson Wilson; sisters: Ethel Earwood and Jean Allen; brothers: Max Wilson and Ed Wilson. Ward was a 1st Sgt. Tank Commander with the 747th Tank Battalion in the Army during WWII and completed 5 campaigns during that time. He was an electrician and mechanic who with his wife, had a peach and apple orchard in the Pensacola Community. His orchards and his grandchildren were his greatest hobbies.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 60 years, Ruby Hughes Wilson; children: Venita Ayers and husband, Rick, of Pensacola, Russell Wilson of Pensacola, Stanley Wilson of the home and Carla Robinson and husband, Michael, of South Toe; brothers: Don Wilson and wife, Lois, of Barnardsville and Bill Wilson and wife, Peggy, of Pensacola; sister-in-law, Flora Wilson of Asheville; grandchildren: Kayla Pate (Joe), Keith Ayers (Jessica), Joey Ayers, Bradley Wilson (Nique), CJ Wilson, Casey Robinson and Cody Robinson; great-grandchildren: Remington Pate, Makenlie Pate, Ellie Pate and Colton Wilson.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21st in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. Revs. Todd Robinson, Matthew Robinson and Randy Laws will officiate. Military Honors will follow in the Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Charles George VA Medical Center, VAVS Attention: Voluntary Services, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
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