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Wilton Persons


1923 - 2015
Wilton Persons Obituary
Major General Wilton B. Persons, Jr. (U.S. Army, Retired) - SAVANNAH - Wilton B. Persons, Jr., 91, died April 3, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. He was born December 2, 1923 in Tacoma, Washington, and attended Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri; Starke University School in Montgomery, Alabama; and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in 1946, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1954. He served in the regular Army 36 years and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In 1979 he retired after serving four years as the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. He and his wife Christine moved to Savannah, GA in 1980 and enjoyed a long, wonderful retirement. Wilt volunteered in many community organizations and served in leadership capacities, including president, The Landings Association; assistant chief, Skidaway Island Division, Southside Fire Department and later board president of that department; commodore, Skidaway Island Yacht Club; chair, Allocations, United Way of the Coastal Empire; charter member and board member, Savannah South Rotary Club; vice president, Savannah Symphony; president, Skidaway Marine Science Foundation; volunteer guide and wildlife interpreter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and first president, Residents Council, The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Wilt married the love of his life, Christine Smith, in 1946. He was an exemplary natural leader, soldier, brilliant lawyer and tireless volunteer. He was modest, with a prodigious work ethic and boundless integrity. A devoted husband and generous though exacting father, he was a loyal friend to many classmates, colleagues and neighbors. He was a multi-faceted man whose many enthusiasms included opera, sailing, bluegrass music, swimming, and Army, Auburn and FSU football. Wilt loved ice cream, Maker's Mark bourbon and Law and Order. He always had a soft spot for animals, including beloved cats Max, Fred and Rudy. A lifelong snappy dresser, he had impressive hat and necktie collections. Wilt loved parties, holidays and celebrations of all kinds. It took decades, but Christine turned him into a dancer. To the end he maintained his West Point posture and courtly manners. He is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Christine S. Persons of Savannah, Georgia. He is also survived by his children, Charlotte Persons of Kelso, Washington; Alice Persons of Westbrook, Maine; and Wilton B. Persons III of Tallahassee, Florida. His sister Charlotte Land of Brenham, Texas also survives him. He leaves behind grandsons David and Stephen Blomeyer and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Savannah this summer. If you wish to donate in his memory, please choose . Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News April 7, 2015 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on Apr. 7, 2015
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