Commander Robert Gould Wilson, Jr.(92)
United States Navy(ret.)
Robert Gould Wilson Jr. died peacefully on October 23, 2013. Robert was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921. Robert, who was enrolled at the University of Texas, joined the Navy in 1942 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served as a pilot and Patrol Plane Commander of PBM's during World War II with service in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Caribbean. Robert married the love of his life, Betty Lou Culbertson in 1946. Their life together after World War II included naval tours of duty in Trinidad, the West Indies, Sigonella, Sicily( where Robert served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Air Station) and Pensacola, Florida. Robert retired from the Navy to Gulf Breeze, Florida in 1969 and continued an active involvement in community and business until his full retirement in 1979. When Betty died in 1998, Robert moved from Gulf Breeze to Spanish Fort, Alabama where he became an active member of the Westminster Retirement Community. Robert served as Chairman of the Residents Council while at Westminster and particularly enjoyed his friends at Monday Men's Coffee. He lived a life of love and service to his family, his community and his country and he is fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Gould Wilson, Sr. and Carrie Dinkle Wilson, his wife, Betty Culbertson Wilson, and his daughter Melody Ann Lewis. He is survived by his son in law, John S. Lewis, his daughter Gail Sarchet( Randy) and his son Robert Gould Wilson( Mary), his granddaughters Melody Wilson Shobe( Casey), Carolyn Elizabeth Wilson, Ashley Wilson Barlow( Alan), Laura Ann Griffin and his grandson James Evan Griffin. Robert( lovingly referred to as the GreatMan) also has four great grandchildren: Isabelle Aubrey Shobe, Robert Wilson Barlow, Jack William Barlow, and Adelaide Chara Shobe. Robert's cousin, Dickie Heartwell( Fran) of Fort Worth, Texas, was one of his closest friends and he loved him as a brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Episcopal Relief and Development, 815 Second Avenue, NY, NY 10017.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2013