OBITUARY

Mr. Richard Baxter Wilson, Jr.

February 8, 1939May 8, 2021

Richard Baxter Wilson, Jr. age 82, of Jackson passed away May 8, 2021. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson preceded by a visitation from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. Entombment will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

Dick was born in Greenwood, MS to Richard Baxter Wilson and Katherine Sillers Owen Wilson who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mariam Weems. He is survived by his loving wife Lester Senter Wilson and nephews, Richard Baxter Wilson Knowlton and Sam Dove Knowlton, II.

Dick attended Jackson Public Schools and graduated from the University of Mississippi. He received a B.A. degree in 1961 and L.L.B. degree in 1964. Some of his other accomplishments included being President of the Student Body at University of Mississippi 1962-1963, Vice-President 1961-1962, member of the Hall of Fame, Member of the Kappa Alpha Order, Province Commander of Mississippi for 10 years and then Trustee of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation, President and Chairman of the Board of the Mississippi Opera Association, Trustee of Belhaven University, Deacon of First Presbyterian Church, member of Board of Jackson (Mississippi) Symphony, Jackson Ballet Guild, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, Mississippi Arts Festival, and received the Goodwill Volunteer Service Award. At Dick’s request, please make memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church, Belhaven University, or Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at www.parkwayfuneralhomeridgeland.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Taylor Marklin Sledge, Jr., Active
  • John Eric Hester, Active
  • Arthur Dennis Spratlin, Jr., Active
  • David Tucker Martineau, Active
  • Gary Lee Hawkins, Active
  • Ronald Gary Applewhite, Active
  • Jon Crosby Turner, Active
  • Jonathan Forbes Eilertson, Active
  • Thomas Richard DeBray, Jr., Honorary
  • Robert Joseph Patrick, Jr., Honorary
  • James Jacobs Rester, Honorary
  • Carey Alan Johnston, Honorary
  • John Scott Coopwood, Honorary
  • William Bert Langley, III, Honorary
  • Benjamin Grant Ferguson, Honorary
  • Ruffin Craven Lowry, Honorary
  • Samuel Ward Cole, Honorary
  • Jason Chad Arnette, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Memories

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James R Wilson

June 10, 2021

Dick was a beloved cousin and a reconteur of the first water. Rare are those who accomplish great things with such humility and good humor. Betty and I share Lester's sorrow, the depths of which only she can know in the passing of a good and decent man.

Eddie Wilson

May 14, 2021

Dick,
Was a devoted KA. May the Grace if God give Comfort and Support to his family and friends. Peace to all.

Joe Casciola

May 12, 2021

Lester, my heart goes out to you. May Dick rest in peace. You have my deepest sympathy. Joe

Marian Kennedy

May 11, 2021

Amazing man. We treasured his friendship. Our deepest sympathy.
Bill and Frances Johnson.
Marian and John Kennedy

Sr. Dorothea Sondgeroth

May 11, 2021

Dick was a great friend, a great entertainer with his delightful, historical, musical stories and a great community supporter and lover of the Arts. He was also a remarkable Chef and his oyster casserole was a super premier delight at Christmas! Dick will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.
Lester, we are here for you with our Love, Prayers and Support!
Sister M. Dorothea Sondgeroth, O.P.

Lee Lipscomb

May 11, 2021

I have been friends with Dick starting in Bailey Jr. High, Murrah H.S., and Ole Miss. At Ole Miss Dick and I were among the 7 1957 Murrah graduates who pledged KA. When We both lived in the KA house we became still closer friends. Dick and I were the last two survivors of the 7 KA Brothers. .We talked last about a year ago and made a 10 year agreement that neither of us would be the first to go. I always thought I would be the one to break the agreement! Dick was a unique, bright and good person. I will miss him. Lee Lipscomb

Al Hopkins

May 10, 2021

No one has the perfect words to make the sadness go away with the lost of a close and trusted friend of many years but my prayer is that all find comfort in knowing that Dick is with the Lord.

James Heidelberg

May 10, 2021

So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. What a wonderful life he led and he left great friends and memories. I met him while a KA at USM in 1971 and we remained friends over the years. He will be missed by many.

James Sclater

May 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of Dick'e passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Opera has lost one of its biggest supporters. RIP, Dick.

Jean Rawson

May 9, 2021

Dick is one of my oldest and most cherished friends. My heart is broken. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his lovely wife and family
Jean Rawson

FROM THE FAMILY