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Woodrow C "Toad" Wilson

1914 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Woodrow C "Toad" Wilson Obituary
Toad was born July 7, 1914 in Mt Vernon, Texas.

As a child he somehow acquired the nickname, and it stuck.

At the start of the Depression, he was 15. His father abandoned the family and when there was not enough food for his mother, Eliza Jane, older brother Jack, and younger brother John, Toad 'rode the rails' getting work whenever he could.

He said the hardest thing he ever did in his life was the first time he had to ask someone to give him some food. Once he was able to save $5 which he sent to his mother. At the time she and his 2 brothers were living in a car.

He entered the CCC camp in El Paso in 1933 and persuaded them to hire his older brother Jack. Then he and Jack bought a house and took care of their mother, younger brother and their sister and her family.

He went to work at Standard Oil of El Paso as a welder. He was a good worker and eventually became Superintendent of Maintenance.

He married Lucille Nichols and they had one son, Duane. He worked, saved, paid the bills and provided for his family.
He and Lucille built their retirement home in Cottonwood Canyon.

During his last years he gave some advice to his grandchildren and others. "Never drink or smoke. Keep busy with something you like. Avoid groups of your peers because you will find yourself doing things that you would never do if you were alone."

He died peacefully in his own home on November 5 at 102 years of age.

He is survived by his son R. Duane [Paula S], grandson Tirian and granddaughter Linea.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 12. From 2-4 pm at the Burro Flats Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Rescue Mission of El Paso
Salvation Army
Friends of Burro Flats Fire Department
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 8 to Dec. 12, 2016
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