ARKANSAS -- Charles "Charlie" Wilson, 78, died Monday (Sept. 4, 2006) at his home in Gravette, Ark.
He was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Webb City, Mo., to Earl and Esther Marie (Gilliam) Wilson. He worked at Webb Corporation in Webb City as a Multiple Spindle-drill press operator.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a Corporal Munitions Handler for the 21 Fox Company, 24th Division. He then moved to California, where he milked cattle. He moved back to Gravette, Ark., in 1969 and worked at the Clorox Company. He retired in 1996.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son and son, William Eugene Wilson; one brother; and a sister.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beaulah Wilson of Gravette, Ark, who followed him in death.; two sons, Terry and wife, Marilyn of Indianola and David and wife, Pam of Bella Vista, Ark.; four daughters, Marlene Farriester and husband, John of Decatur, Ark., Patty Gruver and husband, Rodney, Mary Ann Putman and Debbie Roland all of Gravette, Ark.; one sister, Margaret Severn and husband, Don of Webb City, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were Friday at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel in Bella Vista, Ark., with the Rev. Bill Query officiating. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hiwasse, Ark., with military honors by the Bella Vista V.F.W. Post No. 9063. His grandson played taps.
Memorials may be given to the funeral home in his memory.
Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.