Charles Harrison Wilson
Charles Harrison Wilson
  • October 8, 1946 - May 25, 2017
  • North Carolina

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"I think it is safe to say that Dr. Wilson was one of the finest cardiac surgeons North Carolina has ever seen," said Tom Stuckey, MD of his friend Charles Harrison "Bucky" Wilson, Jr. who died May 25, 2017. Not only was Bucky a brilliant surgeon, he was a loving husband, dedicated father and brother, awesome grandpa and loyal friend. His family will celebrate his life on June 6, 2017 at 1 PM in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church and will greet guests following the service during a reception in the Virginia Gilmer Room.
Bucky was born in Richmond, VA to the late Charles Harrison and Elisabeth Blank Wilson and grew up in Crewe, VA. After graduation from St. Christopher's School in 1965 he received his undergraduate degree from University of Virginia in 1969 and graduated medical school from Medical College of VA (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1973 where he completed his general surgery residency followed by residencies at Eastern VA Medical School (vascular) and Vanderbilt University (cardiac surgery). In 1981 he came to Greensboro to join Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Greensboro. He retired from heart surgery in 1999. He then became the first medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Cone Health and also spent ten years as chairman of the Cone Health Institutional Review Board. Under his leadership and due to his commitment to excellence in his field, the program became recognized as one of the very best in the nation. Dr. Wilson's professional achievements are varied and numerous. His co-workers will remember his professionalism and leadership and his patients will be forever thankful for his wonderful care. In his own words, "One of my greatest honors was being able to serve the community of Greensboro."
Even though his career kept him occupied and away from home much of the time his children and wife recall he was devoted and committed to spending moments with them. He enjoyed sharing his interests with them and they are left with special memories of photography, traveling and music. His grandfather was a locomotive conductor which forged his love and interest in all things trains. His son Charlie has many wonderful remembrances of train trips with his Dad and documenting the journey in pictures along the way. As a result, Bucky was an integral member of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society. He served on the Board of Directors from 2001 through 2004 and was Vice President from 2005 through 2010. Bucky was a major contributor to their publication, "The Arrow". Bucky found so many activities enjoyable including skiing, tennis at the Greensboro Country Club, his walking group (GIRLS), and his favorite way to relax, spending time at his sister's beach house in Rhode Island. He had a true consciousness for the well-being and welfare of others not contained to his profession as was evident through his giving spirit and generous soul. He was truly a one of a kind human being.
He is survived by his wife of the home, Judith Roscher Wilson; children, Betsy (Jason) Mayer of Charlotte, Charlie Wilson of Charlotte and Caroline Wilson of the home; sister, Lyell Dodd of RI; grandsons, Wil and Owen Mayer; mother-in-law, Barbara Roscher of Greensboro; and a large extended family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Office of Institutional Advancement at or if you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to Cone Health and write in memory of Dr. Wilson in the memo field. Mail to: Office of Institutional Advancement, Cone Health, 1200 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401.
Online condolences may be made at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Wilson Family.