Don Wilson

SHELBY - Donald "Don" Paul Wilson, 74, passed away June 9, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Paul and Isabel Williams Wilson.

He was also preceded in death by his brother Claude Wilson. Don retired from the Department of Transportation as a location supervisor. While working with DOT, Don started Wilson Engineering and Surveying and continued to work with it after his DOT retirement. Don was a member of First Baptist Church where he worked actively every Friday with the Feed the Hungry program.

He was a Cub Scout Master for Pack 101 and treasurer for N.C. Society of Surveyors. He sponsored and coached Wilson Softball
Women's team and for the last 20 years he coached the Girls Fast Pitch Team through the Shelby City Park. He most recently coached the Ultra Fast Pitch Girls Softball with Ritchie Canipe. Don was also a member of Cleveland County Sheriff's Reserve. He loved stamp collecting, coin collecting, horseback riding, crossword puzzles and mind boggling games. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Harriett Keever Wilson; son, Don Wilson II and fiancé Denisa Lawrence of Gastonia; daughter, Judith Wilson Freeman and husband Terry of Earl; brother, Harry Wilson and wife Hallie of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren, Steaphan Paul Wilson, Gage Ethan Freeman; great grandson, Zachary Paul Wilson.

A celebration of life service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church.

A gathering of friends will follow the service. The Rev. Tony Tench will be officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. At other times the family will be at the home of Judith and Terry Freeman in Earl.

Memorials may be sent to Feed the Hungry, c/o First Baptist Church, 120 N. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150.

Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Wilson.

Guest registry is available at

Published in Shelby Star on June 12, 2013