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.
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.