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Claborne Floyd Wilson Jr. (Bud) was born March 16, 1927, and passed away Sept. 24, 2017, after an extended illness. He lived a full and wonderful life for 90 years and leaves a legacy of family and laughter that will not be forgotten.
Mr. Wilson leaves behind his loving and faithful wife and caregiver of 65 years, Ella Marie Hall Wilson; son, Al Wilson, and wife Debby; son-in-law, Jerry York, and wife Brenda; daughter, Suzy Burris, and husband Mark; and son, Clay Wilson. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Robby Wilson and wife Jessica, Lindsey Thompson and husband John, Danny Wilson and wife Brandi, JC York and wife Ashley, Nate York and wife Tamara, Chris Burris and wife Pam, and Beki Hillis and husband Ivy. He also is survived by 18 great grandchildren, and honorary member of the Wilson clan and magnificent caregiver, Sue Hicks.
Mr. Wilson was predeceased by his parents, Claborne Floyd Wilson Sr. and Maude Dorton Wilson; step-mother who raised him, Vera Wilson; and daughter, Jan York.
Bud was a farmer by occupation, an avid outdoorsman and a family man who deeply and fervently loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved farming and only stopped when health problems prevented him from continuing. Bud loved to hunt, fish and do anything that could be done outdoors. He was a gardener and loved to see things grow. Through the years, he grew huge vegetable gardens which supplied not only his family, but many neighbors and friends. He had a work ethic that was surpassed by few and made sure that his children and grandchildren knew the importance of working hard and being reliable.
World War II interrupted Bud's education before he was able to complete high school, and he served in the US Navy from 1945-'47. Though Bud was unable to complete his formal education due to military service, he was widely read and continued learning, especially about agriculture and politics, lifelong. He realized the importance of education, though, and was extremely proud of the fact that all of his children went to college and that every single one of his grandchildren completed college, with several of them having advanced degrees.
During his lifetime, Bud served as president of Farm Bureau and was involved in many other agencies and boards that were associated with agriculture, including soil conservation service and Cumberland Farmer's Co-op. Bud and Ella were also active in the Ag in the Classroom program for many years and enjoyed sharing and teaching elementary students about agriculture. He also enjoyed helping with elections and did that for over 30 years.
Bud will be remembered for many things, but one of the most enjoyed was his sense of humor. Whether he was working hauling hay, or serving on a board making decisions, his dry wit was enjoyed by everyone, especially his family. Even in the last weeks of his life, he would wink and joke with his family and caregivers.
Of all the things Bud accomplished, the one he was most proud of was the legacy of family. He was a wonderful husband for over 65 years, loving and fun Dad, Pawpaw and Great Pawpaw. He especially loved get togethers where all of his family could be together, including an annual camping trip that often consisted of upwards of 40 people and, of course, his favorite holiday of Christmas. Bud loved his family, and they loved him right back. He will be always loved and never forgotten.
Visitation for Mr. Wilson will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the chapel of Hood Funeral Home, with the funeral to be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Big Lick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ag in the Classroom program or Big Lick Cemetery fund.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on September 26, 2017
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