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Born: March 8, 1922

Place of Birth: Balinger, Texas

Death: February 13, 2009

Place of Death: Elm Mott, Texas

Occupation: Educator

Hobbies: Gardening & Woodworking

Organizations: First Baptist Church of Elm Mott, A A, X-POW, & V.F.W.

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First Baptist Church of Elm Mott or Providence Hospice

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Wilmer Leroy Wilson

March 8, 1922 - February 13, 2009

Wilmer Leroy Wilson, 86, of Elm Mott, passed away Friday, February 13, 2009 at his residence surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 10AM Monday, February 16th at First Baptist Church of Elm Mott with Rev. Jody Gossett officiating. Full military graveside services will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2 to 4PM Sunday, February 15th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Leroy was born on the family farm in Runnels County, TX to Max Clinton and Mary Ailene (Stallworth) Wilson. He married Fern Bradford on June 15, 1946 in San Angelo. He was a part of the Greatest Generation and served his country proudly during World War II in the Philippine Islands. He was captured on Battaan/Corrigor and spent over three years in a Japanese POW camp. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1961 then pursued a career as an educator for the Texas state prison, high school and college systems, finally retiring from TSTI in 1984. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Elm Mott, Alcoholics Anonymous, Waco X-POW Chapter 1 and V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by a son, Brad Wilson; parents; four brothers, and one sister.

Survivors include wife of 62 years, Fern Wilson of Elm Mott; sons, Donald Wilson and wife, Lucye of Kenai, Alaska, Jerry Wilson and wife, Carol Weeks of Austin, and Steven Wilson of Elm Mott; daughter, Mary Margaret Kerr and husband, Ben of McGregor; seven granddaughters, five grandsons and three great grandchildren. He was Sonny, Sweetheart, Daddy, Pop, Buddy, PaPa, Uncle Leroy, Leroy and Mr. Wilson. He was loved.

Pallbearers will be his three sons, his son-in-law, and friends, Bob Davis and Jack Dodd. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Waco X-POW Chapter 1.

Heartfelt thanks to our Providence Hospice team: Bobby, Sandra, April, Merry, Dione and Dr. Nick Schwedock.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Elm Mott or Providence Hospice.


Monday February 16, 2009, 10:00AM

First Baptist Church of Elm Mott

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Full Military Honors by the U.S. Air Force will be observed at graveside at Waco Memorial Park.


Sunday February 15, 2009, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Lake Shore Funeral Home

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