Dr. Homer Wilson
Dr. Homer Wilson went home to be with his Lord on Monday, July 2, 2018, at Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga. He was 95.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his brothers and sisters, and his first wife, Lenore Hardin Wilson.
He is survived by his second wife, Dot Sharp Wilson;, his two sons, Reid Wilson (Clara) and David Wilson (Judy); a stepson, Wallace Sharp (Carolyn); a stepdaughter, Catherine Roper (Mike); grandchildren, Gabe Wilson (April), Natalie Wilson, Justin Wilson, Lucas Wilson (Andrea); step-grandchildren Keyla Flaws (Ben), Michaela Roper; great-grandchildren Savannah, Griffin, Kendra and Cale Wilson; and one step-great-grandchild, Emma Flaws.
He entered the U.S. Army on April 17, 1943, and served in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the European campaign until the end of World War II.
He was ordained to preach on Christmas Day 1955 at Second Baptist Church of Andrews. He built Hyatts Creek Baptist Church in 1957 and served as pastor for 10 years.
In 1958, he started the Revival Hour broadcast at WKRK radio station in Murphy, which ran his one hour Saturday broadcast until 2016. Many people were blessed by his five-minute “Scripture & Thought” broadcast, which aired daily Monday through Friday. He also pastored Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Maryville, Tenn., from May 1967 until August 1968, Valleytown Baptist Church from August 1968 until April 1971, Beech Avenue Baptist Church in Gastonia from May 1971 until March 1988 and Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Andrews from May 1988 until May 2003.
While pastoring in Gastonia, he established a church on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indes.
In October 1985, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by Fundamental Bible Seminary in Johnson City, Tenn. Four years later, he earned his Doctor of Laws Degree from Emmanuel Baptist Seminary in Shelby.
He devoted his life to the preaching of the gospel and winning souls to the Lord. He preached revivals throughout the Southeastern United States and sent Bibles to various places worldwide. He will be greatly missed by so many who loved him dearly.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Andrews. The Rev. J. B. Smith, the Rev. Matt Mull, the Rev. Mickey Stewart and the Rev. Donald Colvard officiated. Music was provided by the Red Marble Baptist Church Choir. Burial was in Valleytown Cemetery, with military graveside rites being conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post 96, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 73,American Legion Post 532 of Hayesville and VFW Post 6812.
Pallbearers were David Anderson, Chuck Davis, Jeremiah Wyke, Matthew Mull, Eddie Hardin and Mike Solesbee. Honorary pallbearers were his fellow ministers.
The family received friends from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Andrews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideon’s International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906; or to the Truett Baptist Association, Attention: Missionaries, 2235 N.C. 141, Marble, NC 28905, in honor of the late Dr. Homer Wilson. You may send tributes to the Wilson family at www.townson-rose.com
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.