OBITUARY

George Eugene Wilson Jr.

April 20, 1942March 5, 2019
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George Eugene Wilson Jr., age 76, of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on Tuesday March 5, 2019. George was born April 20, 1942 in Greenwood, Mississippi to Virgie Ellie Wilson and George Eugene Wilson. George is survived by his wife, Linda Wilson; son Wade Wilson; son Greg Wilson (Michelle); daughter Lara Wilson (Tracy); sister Isabel Fitzgerald (John); grandchildren, Van, Daniel, Lexy, Ashley, Isabella, Jule and Elle; and sister-in-law, Sandy Van-Harris. He was preceded in death by his father George Eugene Wilson and mother Virgie Ellie Wilson.

A decorated 35-year Navy veteran, Captain Wilson received many awards and medals to include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze star. In his spare time and retirement years George ‘Bullet’ Wilson was an inexhaustible runner, winning his age group many times. He was active in Frazer UMC, Good Morning Montgomery Kiwanis Club, Military Officers Association of America and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. Since he was a young child in Mississippi through his final years, George absolutely loved the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, bird-watching, gardening or yard work he thrived on experiencing and being a good steward to God’s creation.

A memorial service and celebration of the life of George will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Frazier United Methodist Church, 6000 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117. An interment ceremony will follow in the coming months at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.WhiteChapel-GreenwoodFH.com for the Wilson family. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s may be made (www.alzinfo.org/donate).

  • FAMILY

  • Linda Wilson, Wife
  • Wade Wilson, Son
  • Lara Wilson, Daughter
  • Tracy Wilson, Spouse
  • Greg Wilson, Son
  • Michelle Wilson, Daughter-in-law
  • Isabel Wilson Fitzgerald, Sister
  • John Fitzgerald, Brother-in-law
  • Sandy Van-Harris, Sister-in-law
  • Van Wilson, Grandchild
  • Daniel Wilson, Grandchild
  • Lexy Wilson, Grandchild
  • Ashley Wilson, Grandchild
  • Isabella Wilson, Grandchild
  • Jule Wilson, Grandchild
  • Elle Wilson, Grandchild
  • George Eugene Wilson Sr., Father
  • Virgie Ellie Wilson, Mother

Services

23 March

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Frazier United Methodist Church

6000 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36117

Reception following Memorial Service
REMEMBERING

George Eugene Wilson Jr.

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Dick Amberg

March 17, 2019

Dear Linda and family,

I am so very saddened to learn of George's passing, and I offer my sincere sympathy. George (a 35-year active duty USN captain) and I (a USNR captain with just a few years of active duty) were among the precious few Navy veterans in the area, which, thanks to Maxwell, is swarming with Air Force vets. I enjoyed greatly seeing him at MOAA luncheons and before that -- years ago -- jointly trying to get a Navy League chapter underway. George was a superb and modest officer, and man, whom I greatly respected. I will miss him and remember him fondly.

Dick Amberg

Dennis Jones

March 16, 2019

George was my roommate during our first year ( plebe year ) at the Naval Academy. We were both small town boys, trying to survive the hardest year of our young lives. George was like the brother that I needed at that difficult time, as he could lighten the hard moments with his big grim and his back woods witticisms.
Of course, Linda was in the picture even then. She was responsible for fixing me up with dates and she did a masterful job. She became my Plebe year sister. Together, the three of us ( plus date number 2/3/4/5/etc) created a lot of memories.
We both went our separate ways after graduation, with George going in Aviation and myself into Submarines, but I never forgot my friend from Itta Bena. And now that George is gone, I find water running from my eyes.
Bullet---You were a great father, husband, Naval Officer and friend. You have accomplished your mission and it is time to rest your oars. WELL DONE!
Fair Winds and Following Seas Roomy---You are missed.

Jimmy Duncan

March 12, 2019

There are so many memories to share in that George and I were always friends. . He and I spent many days playing together as pre schoolers and started the first grade together in Itta Bena Mississippi and stayed together for the next twelve years. His mother, Virgie, and my mother Virginia were both elementary school teachers and neither of us had a dad. The commonalities between George and me were close.

Some of our favorite past times included roaming the banks of Lake Henry on the Green (mother Virgie's maiden name) family farm looking for snakes, turtles, and any other kind f wildlife. When we were 12 or so Uncle Jimmy Green provided us with shotguns so that we could rabbit and squirrel hunt---It was a good thing that the family was not dependent on our kills for food or else they would have starved. Many happy times were spent with us being in the outdoors together

Then there was athletics and we were teammates from 7th to 12th grade. One of my most vivid memories occurred in the last game of our senior year and the last time we suited up together. We scored a td on last play of the game and then got to run the extra point. I played quarterback and George was the right halfback and in the extra point huddle we made eye contact and he mouthed 36 which was a direct handoff to him. I called the play, and he hit the hole full speed as he always did, made the extra point and the two of us walked off the field together--for the last time....

I loved him like a brother and there will always be a place in my heart for him and and I will always hold on to the memories of our times together.

Tracy Wilson

March 11, 2019

I don’t remember the dates that I met most people in my life, but I know exactly when I met George. I had recently graduated from Navy boot camp. I was an E-1. Just a month into my first school and I was planning a trip to Virginia for Christmas then to Montgomery for New Years. I remember talking to Lara about flight times and her telling me that she would be at the airport to pick me up. She said “if anyone comes with me it will be my mom”. I’d already met Linda and knew what a phenomenal person she is. I had not yet met George. In my 22 year old E1 mind, I was terrified. He was a Navy Captain!! I told my shipmates “ I’m going to meet Captain George”! And they all knew the significance. It was a big deal. It was December 27, 1999. This was pre 9/11. Your loved ones were still allowed to meet you at the terminal. I stepped off the plane and down the hall, expecting to see Lara, maybe her sweet mom. But when I turned the corner, there he was. My heart dropped. I so badly wanted to make a good impression. He extended his hand and in the richest most beautiful manly voice he said “ hello Tracy, I’m George, Lara’s father”. There was so much pride in that statement. I could hear it then and remember it vividly. I didn’t know then, that this wonderful man would become my father in law and the grandfather to my children. I couldn’t be more grateful to have been blessed with this man in my life. Over the next 20 years, we spent many birthdays and holidays together. We bonded over music. George would test me. “Tracy, who sings this”? And when I would answer he would give me the biggest smile. I will miss that smile. I love you Captain George. Fair wind and following seas. Rest Easy

Carol Reynolds

March 11, 2019

He always had a smile on his face and was always the life of the party.

Marty Kelley

March 9, 2019

I love the photos ! Wishing you many good memories that will put smiles on your faces and warm your hearts . Sending love, comfort and prayers.
PS. It's not George without the trademark cowboy hat! ❤️

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