On March 24, 2011, Our Heavenly Father called home his faithful servant, Marvin A. Wilson, 83, of Florence, Ala.
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The family will receive friends noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, with funeral services starting at 2 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, Ala. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Pettus Cemetery in Lexington, Ala.
Marvin is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Frances Metcalf Wilson; his son, Art Wilson and wife, Kim Wilson, of Florence; his daughters, Cindy Wilson, of Florence, Lauren Wilson and husband, Andy Fitch, of Tuscaloosa; his sister, Ellen Johnson, of Florence; and his six precious grandchildren, Jency Wilson, Wilson Carr, Auty Wilson, Kacy Wilson, Margaret Carr and Laney Wilson; as well as many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.
Marvin's parents, Robert Odus Wilson and Mary Pettus Wilson, along with his brothers, Paul Harris Wilson, Ralph Wilson, Coye Wilson, Bill Wilson, Clyde Norris Wilson and sister, Christine Higginbotham, welcomed him to heaven.
Marvin was a renaissance man with many varied interests and pursuits.
He was a Mason, a Shriner and a farmer, but he was most well known as a lawyer, helping hundreds of people, and serving as the county attorney for the Lauderdale County Commission for more than 30 years.
During this time he was heavily involved in all aspects of the growth of Lauderdale County, including the building of the current county courthouse. He was born in Lexington, Ala., where he attended Lexington School. He graduated from Coffee High School and worked as a disc jockey in various radio stations across the South, including WJOI in Florence and WSIX in Nashville, as he worked his way through Florence State Teachers College and Cumberland School of Law in Lebanon, Tenn.
He was drafted into the Army twice. In 1945 he served as a sergeant, and in 1950, he served as a first lieutenant.
His various assignments while in the service included working in Army intelligence. While stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, he worked on top secret projects involving the testing of V-2 missiles and had many personal contacts with Wernher von Braun at White Sands, N.M.
With his partner, James Joiner, he helped to found Tune Publishing.
As a proud veteran, he devoted much of his life to the American Legion, serving as state judge advocate general as well as commander for Florence Post 11.
Marvin loved his family, his country and God.
Pallbearers will be Auty Wilson, John Higginbotham, Tommy Higginbotham, Thomas Wilson, Donnie Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Shawn Ligon and Cameron Olive.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wilson Carr, Keith Davis, Clint Wilson, James Wilson, Judge Will Duncan, Dr. Ricky Irons, Larry Reid, Chad Holder, Bill Wright, John Dupuis, James Hall and the men's Sunday school class at Broadway Baptist Church.
The family gives a special thank you to Marvin's dear niece, Mary Ligon, and her husband, Al Ligon, and the members of the Broadway Baptist Church for their support, help and devotion to the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Broadway Baptist Church Wee Care Daycare or a charity of your choice.
Elkins Funeral Home, of Florence, is assisting the family. You are invited to sign the online guest register at elkinsfh.com.
Elkins Funeral Home - Florence
1535 Hermitage Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
Published in Florence Times Daily on Mar. 26, 2011