Harold Thomas Wilson 87 of Peachland was born at home in Quincy, Kentucky on Valentines day February14th 1934. He left his physical body on Saturday morning,June 26th2021 to be with his other family members and friends that have gone on before to the place that Jesus. has prepared for them
The son of the late Oscar J Wilson and Gladys Small Wilson of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his 3 older brothers, Kenneth R.,John P. and Joseph . He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna Cooper Wilson, and a granddaughter Crystal L Wilson. He is survived by his sisters Anna B. Littleton, and Ina C. Wilson both of Lexington Ky. as well as his sister-in-law Vera (Sam) Bennett of Port Charlotte Fl. Daughter Jenny C. Hill (Mike) of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, Mitchell D. (Sandra) of Peachland , and Michael R. (Pam) of Monroe. Grandchildren, Steven Hamilton of Panama City, and Jennifer McCloskey of Orlando. Kayli J Wilson of Peachland, Hunter R Wilson of Ft Riley, Kansas, Cooper Lee (Sara) Wilson . Great Grandchildren, Chase Hamilton, and newly arrived Thomas P Wilson.
Dad grew up on a working family farm. He would tell many a story of putting up hay or tobacco (sometimes slightly embellished) and doing the daily chores along with his other family members. He graduated from Vanceburg High School 1951. He would talk about his relatives in eastern Kentucky and his time working there. Either him driving a truck to deliver wood parts for the coal mines or using dynamite on the gas pipeline installation to clear stumps. He had a love for playing baseball with a local pickup team that traveled all over the local northern Ky area just to play. He would also tell of a few forays of driving in hot rods with no mufflers just to irk the local constable.
When the family decided to buy and run a sawmill to help with their pallet operation, dad chose to attend the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection school in Memphis Tennessee. After becoming a lumber inspector, it opened the door for opportunities to work for larger companies and many relocation's. I don't think there are many roads between Ohio and Florida that he didn't travel on at least once, looking for sawmills to buy lumber from, or a new company to work for. He was always saying “I'll never forget” and would make sure to tell anyone traveling with him, who lived in a certain house he recognized or where a road led to, and what could be found there.
Eventually his great work ethic led him to be recruited in the late 70's, to manage Anson Wood Products in Wadesboro for Bob Jordan, Bill Swan, and Mr. Jim Allen, and he moved and settled down in Marshville. Although he retired from saw-milling in the early 2000's, it was always in his heart. He would stay in touch with the Jordan's group attending a lot of their functions.
He volunteered to serve as the Secretary for the Board of Directors at Beaver Lane Vol. Rescue & Fire Department. He was an active member at Marshville 1st Baptist Church. In 2000 dad and mom moved to the Peachland area and setup their residency in what was a planted field. Throughout the years, dad's love for gardening took over and he was always growing, and canning vegetables to eat and to give away.
He moved his fellowship to Harmony Community Church (because Pastor Rocky said that God doesn't require memberships, just salvation) where he served as a Deacon, food server or unofficial attendance counter or whatever else a volunteer was needed to help out in the church. A faithful follower of DUKE men's basketball, he would enjoy ribbing others there when his team won against UNC and would be just as humble when they were beaten by UNC. I don't think there is anyone that worships there that hasn't had some of his delicious baked beans, his butter pecan cake, or his brownies. When mom was nearing her end of time on earth she had the forethought to teach dad how to bake and every Christmas holiday, bake he did. We will all miss those goodies.
When age finally catches up with our elders, sometimes those changes can come on slow or fast. Dad started having bouts of memory issues and was diagnosed with dementia. We slowly watched the “I'll never forgets”, turn into the “I cannot remember”. In early 2020, for his safety, dad moved into an assisted living facility. He spent his last days at Accoridus Health & Rehab in Salisbury where he was often known for trying to comfort someone or help them.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday June 29th at 11:00 (visitation starting at 1030, with Pastor Rocky Carpenter of Harmony Community Church officiating. Dad will be laid to rest beside mom. In lieu of leaving flowers, take time and send some live plants or spend time with a lonely family member or a shut in that would enjoy a visit and a chance to sit and chat. If you feel compelled to make a contribution please make it Harmony Community Church ministry.
Leavitt funeral home of Wadesboro will be in charge of the arraignments and interment in the church's cemetery.
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