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Rufus Wesley Wilson

December 24, 1931October 14, 2020
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Rufus Wesley Wilson, age 88, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in a local health care facility. He was born December 24, 1931 in Chattanooga to the late Joseph & Annie Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was a United States Air Force Veteran.

He was the Owner/Operator of Branch Avenue Exxon and Sandy Hill Farms Produce Stand.

His wife, Phyllis Wilson preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children, Tina (Dale) Schnoor of LaPlata, MD, Michael Wilson of Merritt Island, FL, and John Wilson of Seneca Falls, NY; sister, Wanda Clark of Chattanooga; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley View Chapel.

Due to COVID-19, all guidelines of social distancing set in place by the CDC must be followed. According to the Hamilton County mandate, face coverings are required for anyone attending services or visitation.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.

Services

  • Receiving Friends

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Memories

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Gabby Schnoor

October 19, 2020


My childhood is filled with memories with papa. He was around with every huge milestone and was one of my biggest supporters. One of the major parts was Sandy Hill Farms. I spent the ages 4-14 at this stand and met so many wonderful people. One of my favorite memories of my grandpa was when my twin brother found $100 on the ground and I was so jealous, at the time $100 felt like $1000, and papa was sitting in his recliner and dropped a $50 in front of him. When I came out of the bathroom I picked it up and said “you dropped this papa” and he said “no you found it, you keep it”. That’s just the kind of person he was. He was one of the most stubborn people I knew but he loved his grandchildren more than anything. He used to pick me up from middle school all the time and would take my brother and I to get ice cream. I loved him more than I can put into words. 9002 Holly Avenue is where my absolute favorite memories are and will forever be my home. I can’t thank my grandparents enough for raising me while my parents were at work. Most mornings I would sit and have a cup of coffee with him and watch westerns. For as long as I can remember his favorite spot was in a red recliner in front of the TV with westerns on. I was truly blessed to have people like my grandma and grandpa in my life. I’ll love him forever and he will be missed by many.

Nikki Anderson

October 19, 2020

The memories with my papa start at a young age. Living with him for multiple years of my life, I feel like there’s not many childhood memories without him in them. The majority of those memories were either at his home which I consider my childhood home or at his produce stand. From riding in his trucks to playing in his corn freezer to picking watermelons in fields the produce stand was a big part of both his and my life. It’s where a lot of my childhood was spent. He always made sure his grandchildren were taken care of- slipping us money for helping unloading trucks or making us feel protected in his house. His favorite place was always his recliner. If I think of him I remember him sitting in his recliner with a TV tray watching western movies often. Often ordering my grandmother around whom he loved and cherished. He wasn’t always the easiest man to be around but he sure did love and care for all of us. 9002 holly avenue was truly the house that built me. I remember coming home from school and doing homework on his dining room table. The bedroom I shared in his house for years with my sister was in his home under his roof. All of the Christmas mornings spent in his basement. I still think about that house often and it’s not because it was huge or perfect but because it was our home and it’ll always be my favorite.

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Biography

Rufus Wesley Wilson, age 88, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in a local health care facility. He was born December 24, 1931 in Chattanooga to the late Joseph & Annie Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was a United States Air Force Veteran.

He was the Owner/Operator of Branch Avenue Exxon and Sandy Hill Farms Produce Stand.

His wife, Phyllis Wilson preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children, Tina (Dale) Schnoor of LaPlata, MD, Michael Wilson of Merritt Island, FL, and John Wilson of Seneca Falls, NY; sister, Wanda Clark of Chattanooga; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley View Chapel.

Due to COVID-19, all guidelines of social distancing set in place by the CDC must be followed. According to the Hamilton County mandate, face coverings are required for anyone attending services or visitation.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.

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