Meridian Star


April 9, 2013

Earl Bennett Wilson


    PENSACOLA, Fla. – Services for Earl Bennett Wilson will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m., at Pleitz Chapel of First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Bayview Memorial Park with Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel of Pensacola in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Wilson, 91, of Pensacola, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was born on Feb. 22, 1922 in Meridian, Miss., to George Frank and Eula Mae (Harvey) Wilson. Mr. Wilson was unable to serve his country in the military but helped by working on the Atomic Bomb Project in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In 1947, he married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Earline Snowden. Mr. Wilson worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company for 35 years, retiring in Pensacola as the General Agent of the Southeastern United States.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth Earline Wilson; daughters: Wanda Camille McKnight (Charles) of Memphis, Tenn., and Marsha Delaine Hines (Barry) of Pensacola; three grandchildren: Matt McKnight (Ashley), Amanda McKnight, all of Memphis, Tenn., and Sarah McKnight Ranta (Erick) of New Orleans, La.; and, three great-grandchildren: Powers, Jacob and Madeline McKnight, all of Memphis, Tenn.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and brother.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 707 E. Cervantes St., Suite B, PMB #112, Pensacola, FL 32501; or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

    The Wilson family would like to express a special thank you to the Emerald Coast Hospice for their loving and professional care.

    Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

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