Joseph "Joe" Samuel Wilson, 73, resident of 202 Pineview St. passed away Tuesday Aug 19, 2008 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, SC after a short illness.
Born Aug. 12, 1935, in Abbeville, SC he was a son of the late Enoch Raymond and Malulah Sutherland Wilson. Growing up and living most of his life in Abbeville, he attended Erskine College, later graduating from Presbyterian College with an A.B. in Economics. During his time at Presbyterian, he was active in ROTC, providing him his commission upon graduation. He was a brother in Sigma Nu fraternity.
Joe's professional career earned him much success in his field of personnel. His performances at General Cable and Flexible Tubing in Abbeville, as well as contributions made to Vetter Corporation in Rantoul, Illinois were recognized as major accomplishments in their struggles with labor unions. Private consulting resulted from this expertise. However, it was his later working years that provided such pleasure to Joe. His small business in Honea Path, SC furnished the setting for his sharing memorable time with his many customers and friends.
His family and friends will remember his gifts and talents that they have enjoyed sharing with him. From playing classical to country on the harmonica to discussing Civil War data for hours, or just reminiscing with a background of good music, times with Joe were special. Visits at his home were sure to include lavish attention from Sam, his beloved Labrador. He especially enjoyed continuous activities with his Abbeville High School Class of 1953.
Survivoring are his sons Stephan Binet Wilson and Thomas Brittain Wilson, a sister Virginia "Gin" Wilson Glace; 8 nephews and 8 nieces; and his former wife Mary Binet Wilson and a special friend Aquilla Ruple. .
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Shannon Wilson; sister Nona Hawthorne and brothers Claude (Buddy), Curtis Ray (Ray) and Walter Wilson.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday Aug. 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM in Long Cane Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Taylor officiating.
Joe is at The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon at Long Cane Cemetery following graveside services.
The family is at the home of his sister Mrs. Gin Glace 810 Washington St. Abbeville, SC.
Memorials may be made to Main St. United Methodist Church, Angel Tree Fund, PO Box 656 Abbeville, SC 29620.