EDWARD M. WILSON (1925 - 2018)

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The Reverend Dr. Edward M. Wilson, 93, of 452 Mingea Street, Petersburg, Virginia, transitioned to his heavenly home on Monday, July 9, 2018. Edward Murray Wilson was born on April 25, 1925, to the late Nannie and Robert Wilson, originally of Winterpock, Va. He was the youngest of seven children born to this union. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Debretta R. Pulliam; four brothers and two sisters.

He received his early and secondary education in the Petersburg Public School System. He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Guadalcanal, Guam in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After his tour of duty for his country, he enrolled in Virginia State College Trade School. Later he received his call into the ministry where he continued his education at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

In 1955, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Psychology. In 1957, he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina. Also, because of his outstanding service and contributions, Livingstone College bestowed an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Theology in 2000. He was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He enjoyed bowling, singing, playing piano and spades.

He was married for forty-eight years to the late Ruth Naomi Elder formerly of Lawrenceville, Virginia. To this union two daughters were born, Deborah Naomi and Elizabeth Maria.

After his called into the ministry, Reverend Wilson preached his initial sermon at Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, Virginia, under Dr. A.C. Bell. He received his first appointment to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in Dundas, VA; he also pastored the following AMEZ Churches: Mars Hill, Wakefield, VA; Mt. Hope, Surry, VA; Cuffee Chapel, Dendron, VA; and O'Berry, Franklin, VA; his last pastoral of forty years was with the Greater Walters in Newport News, VA. After retirement he returned to his home church, Oak Street under the pastoral leadership of Rev. T.K. Venable and Rev. Dr. Rebecca Branch-Griffin for twelve years.

His ministry at Greater Walters included membership in: Norfolk District Minister Alliance (Secretary), Hampton Roads Ministers Alliance (Financial Secretary), Newport News District Alliance (Financial Secretary), Conference Budget and Finance Committee Treasurer, District Budget and Finance Committee Treasurer, Dean of Conference Studies, Lay Council Advisor, member Virginia Conference Trustee Committee, established Greater Walter's Male Chorus and burned the mortgage of Greater Walters.

His legacy will be cherished by his two lovely and devoted daughters, Deborah and Elizabeth; grandchildren, Edward Murray Pulliam and Ruth Wilson; son-in-law, Rev. G. Harry Pulliam; nieces, Ann Wilson, Carolyn Smith, Maria Smith, Lisa Spence (Robert), Robin Smith, Gina Barnes (William), Sandra Anderson (James), and Jasmine McCoy; nephews, John Smith, Darryl Wilson (Cynthia), Maurice Smith, Jon Smith (Jaimee), Kendall Smith, Leroy Smith; a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins; devoted friends, Rev. Vernon Billy Lee, Rev. Shirley W. Jackson, Rev. P.N. Shannon, Elaine Logan, Della Woodruff, Michael Miller, Brenda Kirk, Charles Lovett, Dollie Reid, Leon Hubbard, Leroy Hubbard, Marvin Hubbard, Alexander W. Jones, Presiding Elder (Ret.) Medis W. Cheeks, Presiding Elder (Emeritus) Edmund Whitley and the Oak Street Church and Greater Walters Church Family; Children in the ministry; Rev. Adrienne Brooks, Rev. Vanessa D. Hinton, Rev. Ronald Brown, Sister Vanna S. Hinton; Mentees, Rev. Willie L. Dixon and Rev. Dr. Arkite M. Pierce.

Special thanks to Crater Community Hospice, Inc, Presiding Elder and Mrs. T.K. Venable and Rev. and Mrs. John Conwell.

Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 W. Wythe Street, Petersburg, VA. Entombment will be held at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

A family and friends are invited to attend a service of memories and fellowship from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Friday, July 13, 2018, at Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

In lieu of floral arrangements, contributions may be made to the Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church Building Fund in memory of Rev. Edward M. Wilson.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
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Published in The Progress-Index from July 12 to July 14, 2018
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