Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” Clifton Wilson, 97, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the Rosser Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Wilson officiating.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Rosser Funeral Home
Gerald “Jerry” Clifton Wilson was born in Paragould, Arkansas in1920, the first of five children in the family, two brothers and two sisters, all who have predeceased him. His wife of 65 years, Nyla June Wilson, predeceased him in 2010. He was also predeceased by three grandchildren, Brenton Bowers, William “Billy” Wilson and Michael Teichman.
He is survived by his four children, Donna Jean Wilson Teichman and husband, Kent of Cleburne, Tx, James David Wilson and wife Ellen of Joshua, Tx, Gerald Lee Wilson and wife Grace of Bishopville, Md, and Raymond Jeffery Wilson of Nashville, Tn. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
As a teenager in MO he worked with the CCC's, Civilian Conservation Corp, so many did during those years and even today throughout our country you can find many of the things they constructed being used as strong and useful as they were the day they were built.
His accomplishments were varied and many, but none so special to him as his commitment to serve the Lord that he made in the forest of France while he served in the Army. He was Corporal G.C. Wilson, in Battery A, 741st Battalion, Field Artillery, 203rd Group, where he entered into the war at Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion.
When he entered into the work of the Seventh-day Adventist church during his twenties, he never wavered in his belief, never doubted the message and was the first one to talk to family, friends and even strangers of what this meant to him. He had many positions with our Conference network and served as a Publishing Secretary in Kansas and Nebraska, National Director for the Christian Record Braille Foundation, where he was one of the first to start the camps for blind children that are still serving those children today. His time in North Carolina was also dedicated to designing and building church camps to serve in that Union. His last position was here in the Texas Conference where he served as liason for immigrants wanting to work within the conference community, the Trust Department, and once again instrumental in obtaining land and building the Nameless Valley Camp, as well as the Texas Conference building in Alvarado.
Of all his achievements, he was known as a man who loved the Lord, with such a positive attitude, ready smile and firm handshake. When he was your friend, he was there for whatever you needed, study, advice, or just to listen. He had helped each one of his children in many ways, but none so great as the example of what a Christian should be.
After his funeral service in Cleburne TX, he will be interred at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, TN where mom is buried. There will also be a Memorial Service at the Campus Seventh-day Adventist church in Madison, TN where he last attended while living in Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.