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Raymond Earl Wilson

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Warren English

November 17, 2011

Ray and I always had a good time when we were together. Christmas time was a lot of fun at Granny's and Granddaddy's. When we were little boys, I remember that Ray and I used to swing on the clothesline supports and Granddaddy would come out the back door and lightly whack us on the back side with the broom and say in his gruffest voice, "Cut out that racket!" Then he would look away so we couldn't see the grin on his face, but we did. He enjoyed us and we enjoyed him. I remember when Ray and I had to sleep on Granny's dining table because there was no room anywhere else.
Trips to Birmingham were fun too and Aunt Frances used to go to the top of Vulcan with us. Then we'd all go to Kiddie Land and ride all the rides. We always had a good time at the Wilson house.
While we were at Granny's and Granddaddy's, Ray and I used to punch a hole in a jar lid and catch bees in a jar all day. Then at the end of the day we would let them all go. Sometimes when we were too loud and "wound-up," Granny would would tell us to go outside and run around the house three times and she would give us a yankee dime, and that turned out to be a kiss but that was okay with us. We all liked to be hugged and kissed by Granny James. It was fun listening to Granny talk so sweet to her parakeet every morning.
I remember the cigar smoke when the whole crowd got together and to this day, the smell of a cigar reminds me of Christmas at Granny's and Granddaddy's with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. Ray and I enjoyed our trips to the beach and to Lay Lake. I was honored when he asked me to be in his wedding when he and Sharlyn got married.
To Ray's boys, I would like to say that your Daddy was good guy. I knew him all his life. We spent a lot of time together while we were growing up.
To Ray's sisters, I would like to say I love you, and I know you'll take good care of each other. We'll all miss Ray. We have a lot of good memories.

Randy James

November 17, 2011

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family as you grieve for your beloved dad, brother, and granddad. I have long since my late adolescent years lost touch with many of my relatives I cherish in the South. I knew Ray (we always referred to him as "little" Ray so as not to confuse things with our Uncle Ray ... his dad) and played with Ray as children on our much anticipated annual trip to Alabama over the Christmas holidays. Shame on me for not keeping in touch with the Wilson girls! I apologize. I greive with you in your loss yet give thanks to God for the wonderful memories I have of times I spent in Alabama with the Wilson clan which included no one quite as unique and special as "little' Ray. Girls ... cry, hug one another, smile and laugh as you recall his memory. God bless you all! Randy James

Linda English

November 16, 2011

My memories of my cousin Ray are all sweet and filled with love. My family's many trips to Birmingham, our Christmas times at the home of our Granny and Granddaddy in Opelika, our trips to the beach at Panama City and Gulf Shores, as well as the lake in Clanton, and the Wilson's trips to Gainesville for Auburn/Florida games which included the county fair and some Trick or Treat times, and even a few trips to Disney World, were all very special times in my life. Our mothers were sisters and so we all grew up knowing and loving each other. We were very blessed to have had our families. One has friends and one has family, but it is an extraordinary family when one's cousins are also among their best friends. My cousin and friend, Ray Wilson, will be missed but always remembered with love and devotion. My constant prayers will always be for his sons and his sisters and all of their families. We wanted Ray to be with us for a much longer time. Recent trips to see Ray in Atlanta now have even more special significance to me and my husband, Jon. We enjoyed that precious time with him. - - Linda English

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