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Benjamin Franklin Wilson, Jr.
Friday, December 16, 2011
First United Methodist Church
|Ben F. Wilson, Jr.
Ben F. Wilson, Jr. 80, of Huntsville, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011, in a local hospital. Ben was born November 3, 1931, in Uvalde, Texas, to Lova and Ben Wilson. He grew up in Victoria, Texas. His early years were spent in a small community near Victoria where he started his education in a one-room school house. Ben not only excelled at his own grade level but all the others as well. He graduated in 1949 from Patti Welder High School in Victoria where he was active in many sports, especially baseball, was president of his senior class and received many other honors.
He attended Victoria College for one year, then transferred to Texas A & M University and received a degree in Geology in 1953. While doing graduate work at A & M, he met his future wife, Nancy Perkins. They were married on June 4, 1955, in Huntsville, Texas. Ben and Nancy started their married life in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked for Arkansas Fuel, Oil and Gas Company and later became an independent oil operator. In 1965, he left the oil business and started building homes in and around San Antonio. Ben enjoyed both his work in the oilfield and home construction, but most of all he loved to fish on the Texas Coast.
In 1990, he and Nancy moved to Huntsville, Texas, and purchased a home in Elkins Lake where he was very active within the Community and Huntsville. He was president of the Menís Golf Association, president of the Elkins Lake Community Association, was a committee member of the Elkins Lake Lakes Committee. He helped re-organize the Walker County Crime Stoppers and served as its president for many years. He served as head usher and Communion Chairman at First United Methodist Church and helped in every Sam Houston Alumni Association event in which Nancy was involved. Ben loved people, fishing, golfing, traveling and bridge, but most of all the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, sister-in-law Pam Perkins of Austin, Texas and sister-in-law Marie Fritche of Weimer, Texas, thirteen nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
A Visitation and Memorial Service honoring Ben will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011, at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00am with the Memorial Service following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coy and Ruth Perkins Scholarship, Sam Houston State University, Office of University Advancement, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2537 or First United Methodist Church, 1016 Sam Houston Ave., Huntsville, Texas 77320
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