Originally created 08/07/03

Mr. Ralph Wilson (FLORENCE, S.C.)



FLORENCE, S.C. - Ralph Arthur Wilson, 88, of The Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at a local hospital following a brief illness. A service in celebration of his life will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Florence on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m., with The Reverend Thomas C. Pietila, The Reverend Robert Fain of The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd, Augusta, Georgia, and Chaplain Ann Ayres of The Methodist Manor, officiating. Burial will follow at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, officiated by The Reverend Frank Seignous of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Mr. Wilson was born August 5, 1915, in Bullard, Texas, son of Luke Matthew Wilson and Martha Shipp Wilson. He was a graduate of Kirby High School in Woodville, Texas, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Formerly of 8 Oakdale Place, Charleston, Mr. Wilson retired from the Naval Supply Center of the Charleston Naval Shipyard, as Chief Quarterman and Superintendent of the Fuel Division for 21 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Charleston. He was formerly a member of the Elks Club, Charleston, and John Wesley United Methodist Church, Charleston, where he served as an usher and a member of the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Virginia McKenzie Wilson, and a daughter, Dianne W. Canaday. Surviving are daughters Eileen W. Blackwell (Billy R. Blackwell), of Florence, Virginia W. Flanagin (Wiley S. Flanagin, Jr.) of Augusta, Georgia; grandchildren, Paige Canaday Crone (Steven G. Crone), Deborah E. Blackwell, Meredith A. Blackwell, Wiley S. Flanagin, III, all of Charleston, and Tate M. Flanagin of Atlanta, Georgia; and great-grandsons Wilson A. Crone and Christian G. Crone of Charleston; and sister Jo W. Johnson of San Angelo, Texas. The family will receive friends at the church following the funeral service. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, Florence; the Episcopal Chuch of the Good Shepherd, Augusta; The Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, Florence; or the charity of one s choice. Waters-Powell Funeral Home of Florence is assisting the family of Mr. Wilson. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle August 7, 2003