THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Norman Wilson, 83, died Thursday, September 25, 2008, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mr. Wilson was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County.
Mr. Wilson is survived by one son, Robert Norman Wilson, Jr.; one daughter, Virginia Wilson Goodson; and was predeceased by his son, Stewart Allen Wilson, all of Thomson. Mr. Wilson is also survived by seven grandchildren, Trammell Wilson, Martha Delle Wilson, Patty Bea Presley (Kempton), Robert N. Wilson, III, Virginia Stewart Goodson, Ginny Wilson, Mary Allen Wilson; and two daughters- in-law, Cindy Trammell Wilson and Pat Berry Wilson.
A life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Thomson, Mr. Wilson was a member of the Men's Bible Class and the Friendship Sunday School Class, where he was the song leader. He also served on the Board of Trustees and held numerous other positions in the church. Mr. Wilson was a member and past president of the Thomson Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. In acknowledgment for his community devotion, Mr. Wilson received the Darrell M. Johnson Community Service Award for 1999. He also served on the McDuffie County Board of Education and was a scoutmaster for Troop 125. He was awarded the Masonic Medal of Honor. Mr. Wilson was a business leader beginning with MOFCO, The McDuffie Oil and Fertilizer Co. Later, he and his brothers opened the Wilson Furniture Co., the Cotton Patch Motel, the Wilson Ford Motor Co., Wilson Homes, and The Thomson Plaza shopping center. He was also an owner of The Wilson Company. Mr. Wilson was one of the organizers of the McDuffie Bank and Trust, now known as First Bank of Georgia.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Wilson served in the United States Navy on the air craft carrier, The USS Randolph, in the Atlantic Ocean Theatre. Mr. Wilson attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. He later received the Boots Nunally UGA Award. Mr. Wilson was an avid Georgia Bulldog Fan.
A seventh generation McDuffie Countian, Mr. Wilson took great pride in the 235-year-old Wilson Family farm, where he was often seen surveying the hay fields and cattle herds.
Pallbearers were Charlie Lewis, John McNeill, Don McNeill, Stacy Turner, Tommy Neal, Gene Walker, Sonny McCorkle, Marion Culpepper, Jr., Rusty Lovelace, Teddy Reese, and Lewis Smith.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 27, at the Thomson First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Thomson First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Thomson, Ga. 30824.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.