Obituary of Jerry Randolph Wilson
Jerry Randolph Wilson of Pierson, Florida, passed away at his home November 5, 2019, at age 78. He was born March 5, 1941, weighing in at over ten pounds upon arrival at his family home in New Boston, Missouri, to Jewell Lucinda Tallman and Orley Adron Wilson. Jerry received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri. Following his education, he enjoyed a meaningful career in education while teaching Industrial Arts and Driver’s Education, along with coaching in the high school arena.
His career path changed to include commercial construction administration and project management. This prompted a family move to Florida, where he would remain the rest of his life. While in Florida he started up Jerry R. Wilson Construction Company and later in life he worked for longtime friend and former employee, Thad Harty of Harty Tractor Services.
Much of his free time was spent tinkering on automotive projects, (usually a mustang in the garage up on jacks), appreciating soulful music, or schooling his grandchildren in a game or two of hearts. Jerry was a hardworking, well-respected and kind-hearted man who never knew a stranger and lit up a room with his contagious grin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carolyn Sue Hanna Wilson, three children, Cris Wilson Pitchford (Scott Pitchford), Chip Wilson and Polly Wilson (Ken Copley), three granddaughters, Jess Serwanski (Riggs Serwanski), Kelsey Pitchford and Wyatt Wilson, and two sisters, Reva Carroll Stiles of Kirksville and Etta Wyvonne Marshall of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Arleta Waverly Wilson.
For those wishing to stop by for comfort and conversation, there will be a Celebration of his Life at The Dreka Theater, 112 East New York Avenue, DeLand, Florida on Saturday, November 16th from 4pm to 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Collective Church, DeLand, The Neighborhood Center, DeLand or by sponsoring a teacher or classroom through Volusia County Schools.