BRAXTON WILSON, JR. Braxton A. Wilson, Jr. took flight onto his next great adventure Monday, Dec. 9th at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington. His family and friends gathered around him for a year to support him in his extremely brave battle against cancer. He was born May 22nd 1949 to, the late, Braxton A. Wilson, Sr. and Faith Price Wilson of Mount Olive. Known in his early years as "B.A.", he attended Mount Olive and Southern Wayne High Schools. His love of and participation in all sports during these years followed him throughout his life. Braxton attended ECU, later transferring to NCSU. During his college years he took a year out to travel. Working his way from country to country; he lived and worked in Oslo, Norway, cross country skiing to and from work for several months. He lived and worked in London, delivering fabric by bike across the city. While there, he joined a local Rugby Team and played at Parliament Hill. Diving for conchs and starfish from a tourist boat in the Bahamas was his favorite job. Then he traveled to Spain and France and finally blueberry picking in Nova Scotia. Combining his love of words and travel, Braxton wrote travel logs for his hometown paper. He came back to Raleigh to finish his degree in English and Journalism and became a member of the NCSU Rugby Club. Braxton's major career was with FedEx in Raleigh. As an International Freight Sales Corp. Account Executive for 20+ years, he traveled to 6 continents. He was past Pres. of the N.C. World Trade Assoc. of Raleigh. Braxton was a devoted Rotarian early on, later becoming Rotarian of the year in the Raleigh Rotary Club. Being environmentally focused, he took on "Trees Across Raleigh" organizing annual Rotary sponsored tree plantings throughout the city. Always intent on challenging himself, Braxton was an avid hiker, tennis player, golfer, swimmer, skier, biker and sailor. He loved the Raleigh YMCA. He and his son ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2004. He led his family on many challenging and wonderful U.S. and international trips. They often found themselves "off the map" and wondering what they'd find around the next bend. Finally upon retirement and a move to Wilmington, he became a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Wilmington. Braxton is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 20 years, Alice Byrd Creech Wilson, his son Braxton Pryce Wilson & wife Mary Frances of Raleigh, his brothers Mike Wilson & wife Melody of Goldsboro, Worth Wilson & wife Debbie of Greensboro. Many thanks goes to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Wilmington for their compassionate care and the many good friends, neighbors and devoted family members who stood by him and his family throughout Braxton's illness. There will be a celebration of Braxton's life at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, Saturday, January 18th at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to: Rotary Club of Wilmington at: P.O. Box 1194, Wilmington, NC 28402. The Rotary Club works to end polio and fight hunger while working for Peace throughout the world.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Jan. 5, 2014