Walter Wilson

Friday, June 4, 2004

Walter A. Wilson, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

He was born June 27, 1930, in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., son of Betty Wilson. He and Mildred M. "Midge" Johnson were married in 1950.

Wilson had worked at Esicar Meat Market, for the Naeter family almost 20 years, and at the Southeast Missourian newspaper from 1966 until retiring in 1992.

He was a member of St. James AME Church, where he was a trustee, member of the senior choir, Sunday School superintendent, and steward. He was a scoutmaster with Cub and Boy Scouts at St. James Church and Washington School.

Wilson was a member of Harmony Lodge 40 and was named Master Mason of the Year in 1999 and 2003. As a member of Blue House, he held the offices of worshipful master, junior warden, senior warden, secretary, treasurer and tyler. He was a member of Royal Arch Masons and held the offices of high priest, secretary and treasurer. He was a long-time patron of Eastern Star.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ruth Jackson of Sugar Land, Texas; four sons, Walter Wilson Jr. of Inverness, Ill., Carl Wilson of Arden Hills, Minn., Richard Wilson of Stafford, Va., and Don Wilson of Atlanta, Ga.

Also surviving are five sisters, Margaret Leatherberry of Philadelphia, Pa., Nancy Willis of South Bend, Ind., Sara Brown, Helen Lane and Letha Lane of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Eugene Macon; a brother-in-law, Bill; and a niece, Joan, raised in the home; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at St. James AME Church from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church, with the Rev. David Allen Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.

Williams Funeral Home at Charleston, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.