NEWPORT NEWS - Edwin L. Wilson, Jr., 90, died on Thursday, July 28, 2016 after a lengthy decline in his health. He was a resident at The Chesapeake in Newport News. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Edwin and Christine Wilson, and by his brother, Bennett. Surviving is his loving wife of 65 years, Naomi; his sister, Myra Noland of Newport News; brothers, Douglas of Richmond and Parks of Silver Spring, MD; and many nieces and nephews. Returning from his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, he studied at The University of Virginia where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and where he earned his degrees in Education. He was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Honor Society. He taught English at Petersburg High School and later became Principal of Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Danville, VA. His career in education brought him back to Newport News where he served as Principal at John Daniel Elementary School, Grafton Elementary in Yorktown, Reservoir and Sedgefield Elementary Schools in Newport News. He was instrumental in founding the Newport News Public Schools Credit Union, serving as its first administrator. It was after this that he established his businesses, Mercury Florist and Gazebo Gifts in Newport News. He and Naomi were the owners and operators until his retirement after 35 years. He was a dedicated and conscientious member of Trinity United Methodist Church for most of his life. In recent years, he has been a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 2, 2016.