Bernard H. and Norma L. Wilson

Bernard H. and Norma L.Wilson
Founders

Bernard Harrison Wilson was the founder of Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava.  Bernard was born in Ava, Illinois on January 12, 1921.  He was also raised in Ava.  Norma was born in Elkville, Illinois on December 30, 1929.  Together with her family, she moved to Indiana, but she graduated high school in Ava.  In August of 1947, Bernard Harrison Wilson and Norma Lee Giffin were married.  Together, they had two children, William Lee and Jane Ann.  Bernard bought the Williamson Funeral Home in Ava in September of 1946.  Side by side, they worked to instill the trust of the families in the surrounding communities for many years.  Bernard was the licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and Norma was behind the scenes, applying cosmetics and answering the telephone day in and day out.  Together, they made the Wilson's Funeral Home what it is today.



William L. Wilson

William L. Wilson, Owner
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Bill was born and raised in Ava, Illinois.  He attended grade school in Ava, Illinois.  He graduated high school in 1967 from Trico High School.  Then in 1969, he graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  He currently still resides in Ava, Illinois. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Ava, Egytpian Funeral Director's Association, IFDA, NFDA, Alma Lodge A.F. & A.M. #497, Steeleville, IL, Ainad Shrine, Jackson County Shriner Club, Trico Lions Club, Trico Boosters Club, and the Jackson County Farm Bureau.  He is the President of the Ava Evergreen Cemetery Association.  He has been employed by Wilson's Funeral Home since his graduation.


Mr. Wilson is married to Ronda Q. Wilson.  He has two children, Aaron Lee Wilson and Amy Lyn Wilson-Boland, whom both work with him in the family business.  He has four grandchildren, Kaylee Jo and Kole John-William Boland and Kaden Lee and Kanon James Wilson.  He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, and they are the highlights of his life.



Carlos J. Barbour

Carlos J. Barbour
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Carlos was born in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He was raised in Steeleville, Illinois.  He graduated high school in 1975 from Steeleville High School.  Then in 1979 he graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  He currently resides in Steeleville, Illinois.  He has been employed by the Wilson's Funeral Home since 1979.  He is the Chief of Steeleville  Fire Department.   He is the Chief Deputy Coroner in Randolph County, Illinois.  He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, IL, the Alma Lodge A.F. & A.M. #497 in Steeleville, Illinois.

He is married to Janice Becker Barbour.  He has three children, Jennifer, Jonathan and Laura Barbour.  He also has three step children, Jennifer, Will and Reid Frederking.  He enjoys spending time with his family, working with the coroner's office and working with the fire department. 



Aaron L. Wilson

Aaron L. Wilson
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Aaron was born in Murphysboro, Illinois.  He was raised in Ava, Illinois. He graduated high school in 1989 from Trico High School.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1993 with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  He has been employed at the Wilson's Funeral Home since graduation.  Aaron is a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Raddle, IL, Chester Eagles, Egyptian Funeral Directors Association, IFDA and NFDA.

 He is married to Jennifer Wilson.  Together, they have two children.  Kaden Lee Wilson and Kanon James Wilson.  He enjoys spending time with his two boys, working on the farm and taking care of his cattle.



Amy L. Wilson-Boland

Amy L. Wilson-Boland
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Amy was born in Murphysboro, Illinois.  She was raised in Ava, Illinois.  She graduated high school in 1994 from Trico High School.  She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1998 with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  She has been employed at the Wilson's Funeral Home since graduation.  Amy is a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Raddle, IL, Trico Boosters Club, Egyptian Funeral Directors Association, IFDA, NFDA, and the Jackson County Farm Bureau.  She is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Ava Evergreen Cemetery.

She is married to Merle Boland.  Together, they have two children, Kaylee Jo Boland and Kole John-William Boland.  She enjoys running with her two children and especially attending sporting events with her children.



Lacy N. Hepp

Lacy N. Hepp
Assistant to the Funeral Directors

Lacy was born in Pinckneyville, Illinois.  She was raised in Willisville, Illinois.  She graduated high school in 2002 from Trico High School.  She has been employed with Wilson's Funeral Home since 2001.  She is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Willisville.

She has one child, Mason Ross Hart.  She enjoys spending time with him every chance she gets.