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JOHN EDWARD WILSON

1934-2017

John E. Wilson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother went to be with our Lord on 29 September 2017. John was born in Brooklyn, AL to John A. and Evelyn S. Wilson on May 30, 1934. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter Judy Peterson (Gene), son John (Patty), four grandchildren - David Peterson (Lindsay), Jason, Sarah, and Rebecca Wilson, two great-grandsons - Cade Peterson and Eian Huntley, and a sister - Peggy Myrick. He was preceded in death by his baby grandson William Peterson, baby great-granddaughter Kylie Peterson, and both parents. John grew up in several small towns in rural Alabama; Atmore was the town where his family settled. He and his future wife, Ruth Gates, graduated from Escambia County High School in Atmore in 1953. Shortly after graduation, John joined the United States Air Force and in the Spring of 1954, married Ruth in Lucedale MS while on weekend leave from Keesler AFB. John and Ruth were totally committed to each other and their marriage for the remainder of his life, which was 63 years and 179 days. John's work career included 20 plus years in USAF Security Service, and 26 plus years divided between long distance trucking and security officer for a local firm. His Air Force assignments included four overseas locations - Japan, Crete Greece, Alaska, and Germany (two with family and two without). Required separations while unaccompanied were hard for all the family, yet John, with the help of God, never waivered in doing what was needed to hold his family together. Military awards include The Meritorious Service Medal and other citations. John was gifted with the ability to lead and inspire both those he supervised over the years and his co-workers. John's family will cherish many memories of his life that were unknown to most acquaintances. Among them were writing poetry and journaling. His preference was to write poetry on subjects that were special to him, whether it was a person, flower, pet or occasion. Yet the greatest memory we have is his faith in our Lord which gives us such peace about his home going. Worship and Bible Study at Northwest Hills Baptist Church, where he was a member, were a significant part of his life. Visitation will be at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera Road, San Antonio TX, 10 October 2017, from 08:30a.m. to 09:30 a.m.; chapel service from 09:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.; depart the funeral home for Ft. Sam Houston at 10:30 a.m. for the closing service at 11:15 a.m.with full military honors. At the conclusion, family and friends are invited to gather at Northwest Hills Baptist Church, 6585 Heath Road, for refreshments. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Northwest Hills Baptist Church or the charity of their choice.



Arrangements under the direction of SUNSET NORTHWEST FUNERAL HOME, San Antonio, TX.