Thursday, May 2, 2013

Past Alabama Division SCV Commander Leonard Wilson - R.I.P.

Following is the obituary of Past Alabama Division Commander Leonard Wilson, who was also the founder of the Confederate Library at Confederate Memorial Park.
            Leonard Ray Wilson, 77, of Jasper, went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2013, at Lakeland Medical Center in Haleyville.
            Commander Wilson was born on March 6, 1936, and was a lifelong resident of Walker County. He was an active member of the Macedonia Church of Christ, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Council of Conservative Citizens, and Alabama Constables’ Association.
            He attended the University of Alabama, Baylor University, and was a graduate of the Birmingham School of Law. Throughout his career he was active in local and state politics. Mr. Wilson had the distinction of serving as an Alabama delegate in five Republican National Conventions and of being the primary collaborator in establishing the  Alabama Division’s Confederate Library at Confederate Memorial Park. He compiled hundreds of books and Civil War artifacts to preserve and commemorate Confederate history for future generations.
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo Wilson and William Wilson.
            He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ray Wilson, Jr.; three grandsons, Adam, Jack, and Webb Wilson; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
            With an Honor Guard provided by fellow Constables of the State of Alabama, visitation was held on Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 1 until 3 p.m. at Carbon Hill Church of Christ, prior to the funeral service at 3 p.m. Alabama Division Chaplain Dr. Charles Baker officiated. Burial was at Mackey Boshell Cemetery, Macedonia Church of Christ, by means of Wilson Brothers Funeral Home, Carbon Hill, Alabama.  An Honor Guard and Gun Salute were provided by the Alabama Division.  Commander Gary Carlyle and many other members of the Alabama Division were present to honor the memory of Past Commander Wilson.

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