William Langford Wilson

August 27, 1918November 6, 2018

MSG Wilson was born in Arkansas August, 1918 three months before the end of W W I.

He grew up on a farm the first-born son in a family of 9 children. In 1939, he enlisted into the Army and became a medic. As the country prepared for war, the need for medics grew and Sgt. Wilson became an instructor helping train men for battlefield casualties. He shipped out with the 103rd Infantry Division to southern France in 1944.

The 103rd marched the length of France to Belgium then went south through Germany ending the war in Austria in 1945. Upon his return to the U.S., he was again an instructor at the Medical Field Service School, Ft. Sam Houston. The Korean War called in 1951 and SGT Wilson deployed with the 3rd Inf Div. There he was the 1st Sgt of a M.A.S.H. hospital unit.

Returning to the states, Honey was stationed at Ft. Sill, OK and became The SGT/MAJ of a unit that allowed him to take his family to Germany for three years. He returned to Ft. Hood in 1959, and retired in 1960 with twenty-one years of service. There followed eleven years with the VA hospital in Temple then full government service retirement.

For over 30 years Honey was the dance director at the Killeen Senior Center teaching square, round, line and ballroom dancing.

He and his wife, Phandra, were married over 70 years! They had three sons, four grand kids, five great grands, and three great-great grands.

Memorial service will be held Monday 11-12-2018 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home at 12 noon with burial to follow at Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery with full military Honors


  • Memorial Service Monday, November 12, 2018

William Langford Wilson

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Lori Mansfield

November 11, 2018

Lank was 90 when I started Line Dancing at Lion's Club Senior Center. What I remember most was his precious smile.
Lank was my first Dance Teacher, we performed at Indian Oaks Nursing Home every month. Lank had the sweetest disposition and I sure wish I had met him sooner. When Lank decided to quit teaching, he handed me his notebook and said here's your class. Athalie continued teaching Lank's Thursday Class at Lion's Club. Both dances Classes Lank started are still being taught. Lank loved the dance, Waltz Across Texas . He line danced and danced it with his beautiful wife. Love and Prayers to your family from our Line Dance Group, Lank will be sadly missed. We were able to celebrate Lank's 100th. Birthday this year, we danced at Rosewood. We danced all the dances we knew he loved. What a legacy he left. Lank has touched so many lives over the years, he was just the sweetest man. May God continue to bless your family....Lori Mansfield and Just Dance Line Dance Group

Graciela Olivarez

November 10, 2018

So sad to hear this..Mr. Wilson..i worked at the Rosewood for 4 yrs ..He was a great man ..He would always have a smile on his face and he woukd sure put one urs...Rest in peace u ...

Ronnie Ault

November 9, 2018

To the family of Lank:
I'm so sorry for your loss. My most fond memories of Lank, were watching him share his joy of dancing with everyone. He loved to interact with people through dancing and he was always so kind.

Ronnie Ault, RSVP Director (Volunteer Program)