Juanita (Savage) Wilson

Homegoing celebration will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Galilee Baptist Church for Mrs. Juanita Wilson, Gadsden, who died Sunday. March 30, 2014. The Rev. G.E. Robinson Sr. officiating. A beautiful rose entrusted to West Gadsden Funeral Home.
Juanita Savage Wilson was born July 1, 1927, in Fayette, Ala., to the late Cornelius and Vader Savage. She was the youngest of 13 children, who all preceded her in death. She was married to the late Rev. T.R. Wilson over 55 years.
She confessed hope in Christ at an early age and was united with Mt. Joy Baptist Church, Fayette, Ala. In the early 1950s, she and her husband moved to Gadsden, Ala., and united with the Galilee Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. E.W. Jarrett. She remained a faithful member and supporter of Galilee until her failing health prevented her from attending.
Juanita was educated in the public schools of Fayette County, Ala., where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She attended Stillman College shortly after graduation from high school. In 1947, she met and married the love of her life, Theodore Roosevelt Wilson. In the early 1950s, Juanita and Roosevelt relocated to Gadsden, Ala.
In 1965, Juanita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. She began her career in 1965 as a teacher at Nancy Oden Junior High School. Juanita earned her Master of Science degree in Education from Jacksonville State University in 1973, and later transferred to Gadsden High School, where she was employed until her retirement in 1989. Juanita continued her career in education and retired after 25 years of faithful service as an educator who touched the lives of many in Gadsden City Schools. After retirement, she returned to Gadsden City Schools as a substitute teacher, and was later appointed as a member on the board of Gadsden City Schools. In 2007, Juanita received a Bible Diploma from Birmingham Baptist Easonian Bible College.
She was affiliated with numerous religious, social and civic organizations, including Wills Creek District Minister's Wives, Dean and Teacher of the Wills Creek BTU & Sunday School Congress, Galilee Mother's Board & Sunday School Teacher, Vice President of the Gadsden City School Board, Gadsden Retired Teachers, Etowah County Retired Teachers (Chaplain) Child Advocacy, Member of the Atlantis Breakfast Club, AARP and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 30, 2014, Juanita answered God's call and departed this life at home. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband and son, Roland.
A lifetime of wonderful memories will be cherished by her three children, Eleanor Wilson Radney, Anthony (Desiree) Wilson, Angie (Larry) Thornner, chosen child, Charlotte Wilson, Macon, Ga.; adopted children, Maurice (Shameka) Wilson, Albertville, Ala., Juanita Nicole Wilson; five grandchildren, Yolanda (Willie) Juddine, Clifford (Erica) Radney Jr., all of Gadsden, Ala., LaTasha Taylor, Stone Mountain, Ga., Bryan Thornner, Gadsden, Ala.., Brandon Johnson, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren, Jordan Juddine, Joshua Juddine, Javan Radney, all of Gadsden, Ala., Jasmine Spade, Stone Mountain, Ga., Damian Carlisle, Aurelia White, Carlos Gregory II, all of Gadsden, Ala., Aiyana Black,Albertville, Ala.; a special great-niece, Kathy Rigby; and great-great-nephew, Blake Hall, Gadsden, Ala.; one aunt, Janie Savage, Jacksonville, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
You have our deepest sympathy. West Gadsden Funeral Home, 2118 Forrest Ave., Gadsden, 256-549-0004. "Your bridge over troubled waters."

Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 4, 2014