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The Reverend SSGT Howard E. Wilson, United States Air Force (Ret.), 83, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Josie Pearl Wilson, died Thursday morning, June 4, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.

wilson - howard (150 x 198)Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on December 10, 1931, he was a son of the late Theodore Wilson, Sr. and the late Dorothy Basey Wilson. He was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Savannah and was the former pastor of Browns Chapel A.M.E. Church in Homerville, Georgia, as well as several other churches over the years. Mr. Wilson retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service. During his military service he served in the Vietnam War and the Korean Conflict. He later retired as a Detective from the Savannah Police Department in 1991 with twenty years of service. Also, he retired as a Referee for the Georgia High School Association with thirty years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Theodore Wilson, Jr., Melvin Wilson, Wilbert Wilson, and Robert Wilson.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-five years, Josie Pearl Wilson of Savannah; his daughters, Jenean Turner and Dr. Betty Wilson, both of Savannah, and Ann Banks (John) of Douglasville, Georgia; a granddaughter, Roshaundra Wilson of Savannah; a brother, Augustus Wilson of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Alice Stewart and Johnnie Mae Clayton; a brother-in-law, Charles Clayton; two special cousins, Lutrecia Brown and Dollie Basey Wells; and a host of other relatives.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Friday, June 12, 2015, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Bethel A.M.E. Church – 1814 East 38th Street. Interment, with full military honors, will be in Magnolia Memorial Gardens.

Remembrances: American Lung Association – 2452 Spring Road SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

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  1. Dr. Ronda Scott and Lindsay Scott says:

    Thank you for sharing your loved one with us at Brown’s Chapel AME Church. Rev. Wilson is safe in God’s care. — Dr. Ronda Scott and Lindsay Scott

  2. Della (Kathy) Wilson-Graham says:

    Uncle Howard was one of my favorite Uncles. He always kept a smile on my smile on my face and my heart merry whenever he was around. I remember he came all the way from Savannah, Georgia just to marry me in Williamsport, PA and he came for that reason only. I will always be grateful. I love Uncle Howard and although we were miles apart, he will be sorely missed. My love and condolences go out to all my family members and all those who loved him, especially Aunt Pearl and his daughters. May God keep all of you in his arms of protection and keep Jesus near in your times of mourning. I love all of you. BLESSINGS, your niece and cousin.

  3. John Crow says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Howard’s death. My sincere condolences to his family. I knew Howard as we were members of the Coastal Football Officials Association of the Georgia High School Association in the late ;60s and early ’70. I especially remember the crew that went to Fitzgerald to call the playoff game between Americus and Fitzgerald. Howard drove his truck camper to the game and we had a great time going and coming back to Savannah. Howard was a wonderful official and I enjoyed working several crews with him. Again please accept my condolences.
    John Crow, Rincon, Ga.

  4. Kyle frank says:

    This is such a great loss to the wilson Family I will truly miss this man of God but I am rejoicing because He is finally home I last seen uncle Howard in 2013 at the family reunion May the Lord that I serve tell him Good and faithful servant ,well done

  5. Arthur L. Lawson says:

    With greatest sympathies we are, Lee, Angela, April, Amelia, Arleda, Aryana.

  6. Marvin Clayton says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Pearl and family. Uncle Wilson will be greatly missed. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives.
    Marvin, Felicia, Ari and Charles

  7. Charlotte Gordon says:

    Rev Wilson was truly a man of God and one of the best pastors that Brown’s Chapel ever had! He truly led by example and always encouraged us to keep God first. He had a special love and concern for children and baptized all of my girls. His smile and laughter will surely be missed, but he is sitting around the throne now and has gone home to receive his crown for being a good and faithful servant!

    Thank you for sharing him with us for over 20 years! Continue to look to the hills from whence cometh your help. Your help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.

    Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

    Charlotte and the Girls

  8. Monsia Washington says:

    My Heart goes out to you and your family. Words cannot express what you’re feeling at this. Just know GOD IS IN CONTROL. And he will help you through this difficult time.

    You and your family will be in my prayers. I will pray that the Lord gives you strength during this difficult time. You are a family of faith … So keep your eyes on God; stay prayed up and he will get you through this. ” To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” May God bless and keep you Strong.

    Ms.M. Washington and Family

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