Obituary of Garnett Eugene Wilson, Jr.
Garnett Eugene Wilson, Jr, 77, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 26, 2019 surrounded by family.
He is preceded in death by parents, Garnett Eugene Wilson, Sr. and Flossie Sherrin Wilson of Belmont, North Carolina, sisters Genevieve Jennings, Bonnie Myrtle McLaughlin, Rosie Mae Wilson, and Rachel Elizabeth Wallace.
Garnett is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Rachel, their dog Pooh Bear, their daughter April Sweat (Walter) of Gloucester, Virginia, their son Garnett Wilson III (Pam) of Hampton, Virginia, brother Irving Wilson of Burleson, Texas, sister Dixie Thomas of Matthews, and sister Violet Wilson of Charlotte. He is also survived by grandchildren Leigha Conty (Nick) of Hampton, Virginia, Jason Sweat, Chris Sweat of Gloucester, Virginia, Brandon Sweat of Norfolk, Virginia, and Mother in law, Mae Williams of Charlotte.
Garnett was a member of the United States Air Force, retiring in 1988 with the rank of Senior Master Sargent. During his time in the military, he served as an aircraft propeller specialist on several aircrafts, having the opportunity to serve in the United States and abroad in countries including Korea, Vietnam, Germany, and France.
In his days of retirement, Garnett enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and blessing their neighbors and friends with the harvest. Neighbors will always remember him riding in his golf cart with Pooh Bear, the “General”, around the block socializing. Garnett and Rachel enjoyed spending their time with lifelong friends and having monthly luncheons spent reminiscing.
The Wilson family is grateful for the support, kind words, and wonderful memories that have been shared during this difficult time.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
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