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First Sergeant Horace Ben Wilson (Bill), 79 passed into his heavenly home on February 17, 2022.
He was born Oct. 4,1942 in Nashville, TN to Ernest Wilson and Hettie (Sammie) Morris Wilson. He was raised in Springfield, TN and the surrounding area.
Ben, as he was called during his early years, was raised a hard-working farm boy. He graduated from Jo Burns High School where he was President of his FFA chapter. Ben voluntarily joined the Army right out of high school, it was the height of the draft, which he could probably have avoided as he was the only child and his parents' livelihood partially depended on him helping them tend the land. He loved his country and knew he was called to serve. He was stationed in Ft. Hood in Texas when he met the love of his life, Janie Guffey. When Ben introduced Janie to his army buddy, he called him Wil (short for Wilson) and she thought he called him Bill. He didn’t have the heart to tell this beautiful redhead from South Texas any differently, so she continued to call him Bill and the name stuck. He was Bill for the rest of his life. They soon wed and had 3 children together. Robert (Bob), Walter Duane, and JerriLynn.
Bill was proud to serve his country. While serving in the Army he did three tours in Vietnam. Due to his heroic actions, he was a bronze star recipient amongst other distinctions. Mr. Wilson, as his students referred to him during his tenure at Nashville Auto Diesel College, was also a gifted mechanic and engineer. He could listen to a vehicle and tell you what was wrong and there was no doubt he knew exactly how to fix it. While he taught at NADC he re-wrote all of their training manuals. He was gifted!
Bill loved the Lord and lived a life that honored God. He was the hands and feet of Jesus and impacted hundreds of lives, always demonstrating God’s love. Bro. Bill pastored several churches in Tennessee and Kentucky. He loved his flocks and cared for them as their under shepherd.
Bill was first and foremost a Christian, he loved the Lord and demonstrated that every day by his actions. He was a devoted husband and loved his wife fiercely. He was an amazing father, raising his children to know love, respect, discipline and to know that there was a heavenly father that loved them even more than he did. He was a doting Grandfather. He was present for the birth of all 5 of his Grandchildren. Jessica, Micha, Hannah, Hailey and Matthew. Forever their valiant protector, another father figure, and the proudest Granddaddy that ever existed. That role just continued as he was blessed with his 7 Great Grandchildren. Chi, Eddie, Colt, Janessa, Annabelle, Scarlett and Raymond, whom he absolutely loved and adored. He treasured his family and they treasured him.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Wilson, his mother, Sammie, his son Walter Duane and his son in law Michael Wells.
He is survived by his wife, Janie Wilson of Kerrville; his son Robert Wilson; his daughter JerriLynn Wells of Kerrville; grandchildren, Jessica (John) Sweeney, Micha Wells (Charley Moran), Hannah Wells, Hailey Wells and Matthew Wells and great grandchildren, Chi, Eddie, Colt, Janessa, Annabelle, Scarlett and Raymond.
A visitation will be held from 5-7PM Thursday February 24, 2022 at Kerrville Funeral Home, 1221 Junction Highway.
Funeral Service will be held at 2PM on Friday February 25, 2022 at Kerrville Funeral Home, 1221 Junction Highway.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:45PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830) 895-5111.
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