Col. Claude L. Wilson US Army Ret.
March 28, 1941 – November 28, 2018
Claude Lorran Wilson began his “dash” on March 28, 1941 in Muskogee, OK. Born the youngest of 11 children, Claude accepted Christ at an early age.
On April 1, 1959, Claude began a courtship with Kerma. On December 11, 1966 he officially robbed the cradle when they tied the knot. To this union was born his 3 little loves. As he grew, he felt his calling to serve his country. During his 29 years serving a distinguished military career in the United States Army, they moved many times settling in San Antonio, TX where he retired.
Claude has always been a “magnet” for extended family, never meeting a stranger of any age. He called them his “bonus” children. As one bonus child stated; “We cry because we are selfish”: we want to watch more football games with him, we want him to see us/our children grow, we want to hear him tell all the grandkids to settle down when they play too loudly, we want to share another bottle of vino with him, we want to hear another story, we want one more hug, one more kiss, one more tickle of his belly and to see him smile when he talks to and about his family.
Our beloved husband, best friend, daddy, papa, pops, poppi and friend entered into eternal rest on November 28, 2018 completing his “dash”. He will be greatly missed.
Claude is preceded in death by his parents, Jewel James and Alberta Wilson; his Siblings, Felix Wilson, J.J. Wilson Jr., Hugh Wilson, Lois Jenkins, Earl Thomas Wilson, Norman Sylvester “Duke” Wilson, Gene Wilson and Russell Wilson Sr. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kerma Wilson; his children: Stacye (Craig) Alfred, Cheri Wilson, and Keli Wilson; his sisters, Redelia (John) Grayson, and Mary Frances Island; his grandchildren, Sydnee Alfred, Brooke Twitty, and Peyton Springer, along with all of his “bonus” children (you know who you are) and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that you donate to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org or the USO at www.uso.org.
The visitation will be held at the Sunset Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, December 17, 2018, from 6-8:00 pm. There will be a special ceremony at 7:00 pm with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at 12:00 pm. at the Fort Sam Houston Main Post Chapel; 1605 Wilson Way; Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 with burial with military honors to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
- Bryan Wilson, Active Pallbearer
- Marvin Wilson, Active Pallbearer
- Darryl Wilson, Active Pallbearer
- Tyler Kates, Active Pallbearer
- Marc Pierce, Active Pallbearer
- James Wilson, Active Pallbearer
- Jason O'Krent, Active Pallbearer
- Kevin Taylor, Active Pallbearer
- Brian Kates, Active Pallbearer
- Visitation Monday, December 17, 2018
- Fraternal Ceremony Monday, December 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018
- Committal Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Col. Claude L. Wilson US Army Ret.
December 18, 2018
We met the Wilson (our bonus family) back in 1968. We lived right across the driveway from each other. One of the many memories we have, is when my siblings and i thought we were grown (i was in 8th grade and the oldest of 6), we told our parents we knew there was no Santa Claus and that they were the ones getting our gifts. The next morning, Christmas, we woke up to no gifts under the tree except a tricycle for our baby brother. We went the whole day with long faces! That evening we received a dinner invitation to Claude and Kerma's. All of our gifts were at their house!! Claude told us that while Santa Claus was disappointed in us for not believing in him, he didnt want us to go without and brought our gifts to their house. Believe you me we learned our lesson! We love you guys and you are always family.
Love, Debbie (bonus daughter) Smith
December 16, 2018
Our wonderful Christian friend Claude was the most dedicated spiritual person I has ever known. His love and commitment to serving the Lord Jesus Christ was as deep as the ocean. Despite all the medical issues he endured the last few years of his life that faith and love for God never waivered. What a beautiful Christian witness for everyone who knew him that was.
Claude and I served together in the Army at Health Services Command in the early 1990's and then serviced our Lord together at Main Post Chapel for over 20 years. What a pleasure for me and Barbara to have known him and Kerma and family working together at the Chapel in many different areas of service. We will miss Claude beyond measure, but we are so enriched by knowing and seeing what it really means to be a true servant of a loving God.
Jesse and Barbara Faught
Chuck and Diane Frost
December 10, 2018
Diane and I are sad to hear that our friend and MSC brother Claude has passed. Even though we have not kept up with the Wilson family since we served with them at the Academy of Health Sciences at Ft Sam Houston in the 1970's we always enjoyed our time together. I don't know why but I have always remembered Claude was from Muskogee, OK, so whenever I heard anything about Muskogee I would think of our friend Claude and his family.
The Wilson family will be in our prayers and thoughts as they move through this difficult time.