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Harold G Wilson

2021

Obituary

Roberts Funeral Services of Mocksville, NC are proudly serving the family of Deacon Harold Gray Wilson Jr.

People say that the dash between the beginning of life and the end of life speaks more about the person than the day he was born, or the day he died.  There is just no way to encapsulate all that Harold embodied.  He did use the “dash” to make a difference in the lives of others.

Harold Gray Wilson, Jr. was the first of five children born to the late Doretha Latten Wilson and Harold Gray Wilson, Sr.  He opened his eyes to the world on February 20, 1954.  Those wise, compassionate, selfless, loving and vibrant eyes closed on the evening of November 13, 2021 with his family by his side.

It is befitting of Harold that we memorialize his life of love and service.

Son and Brother…

Harold and Carol entered this world together.  Sadly, his twin did not survive.  He was in awe of his mother’s skills of creation, and would watch and help where needed.  He loved his father immensely and wanted to make him proud.  His sister and brothers had a steady example to immulate as he helped to nurture them.  During his illness, Harold became the one in need and his brothers and sisters nurtured him.

Father and Grandfather….

Jaren came into this world truly adored by his father. Harold did all that was within him to set an example for Jaren and strengthen him when needed throughout his life.  Jaren always saw his father as the steady one who ushered calm and peace into Jaren’s life.  Jaylen called his grandfather “Him.”  This was a light-hearted name that Harold chose for his grandson to use.  During his last year, Harold practiced with Jaylen every week, sharing skills with him in the sports they both loved.  Jaylen looked forward to his visits with his grandfather.  Harold poured his love into his boys, not being ashamed to share his love for the Lord and the truth of the Gospel with them.

Love for Knowledge…

Harold received his formal education from the Davie County School System.  He then went to Western Carolina University, home of the Catamount. There he was the assistant director of Dorms and Grad Dorms and played four years on the intramural football team. 

Christian and Deacon

Harold became a Christian, a lover of God, at a very early age.  He was passionate about Christ and about doing all that he could to help others seek Him. His worship of God was about having a relationship with God rather than just religion.  This belief was threaded throughout Harold’s life, and in everything that he touched. After moving his membership from Mainville A.M.E. Zion Church, Mocksville, North Carolina, from which he was nurtured by the mothers of the church, Harold became a faithful member of  First Baptist Church, Fairmont, North Carolina where he served as the head Deacon, taught Sunday School for over 20 years and  was a member of the Male Chorus.

Coach and Teacher….

Science became another passion for Harold.  He chose to share his passion with the students of Dillon, South Carolina.  This town was close enough to the border that it afforded him the opportunity to remain in North Carolina while embracing the opportunity to guide and enlighten children in another state.  Harold again set an example for his students, maintaining a steady hand and a strong example of stability throughout his tenure in South Carolina.  His ability to coach was discovered by the administration at J.V. Martin Junior High School.  There he coached basketball, football and track.  Ultimately Harold became the head basketball coach at Dillon High School. He taught in Dillon for 36 years. Harold loved mentoring his students and players which afforded him the pleasure of capturing several state championships.

At his retirement dinner, he was honored for his accomplishments.  His former coworkers lauded him as “a wonderful person” and “a person of peace.” 

Those in Heaven waiting to receive him…..

Harold was preceded in death by his mother, his sister, Carol, his beloved grandparents and step-sister  Marilyn Williams.

His Legacy….

Those left to cherish his memory and to be challenged to follow the Lord as Harold followed him are his son, Jaren Gray Wilson; grandson, Jaylen Isaiah Wilson; father, Harold Gray Wilson, Sr.; stepmother, Ethel Wilson; two brothers, Marcus (Janice) Wilson and Kerwyn ( Faith) Wilson; sister, Teresa (Brian) Crump; step-sisters:  Michelle Scott and Martha Scott; step-brothers: Jeff Scott, James Neal Scott, Jr., and Robert Scott; aunts: Sandra Holman, Rosetta Williams, Josie Latten and Emma McGowan; uncles, William Latten, Jr. and Matthew Latten; best friend since college, Larry June; true friends and committed believers, Eric and Janice Thompson; mentoring coach, Famon Whitfield; friend and his assistant coach for over 18 years, Mike McCray; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 at Roberts Chapel, Mocksville.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 18th at Roberts Chapel at 1:30 with family visitation at 1:00.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the JJ Johnson Scholarship Fund, P.O. 1087, Fairmont NC 28340

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
November 17, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Roberts Chapel
953 Salisbury Street
Mocksville, NC 27028

Funeral Service
Thursday
November 18, 2021

1:30 PM
Roberts Chapel
953 Salisbury Street
Mocksville, NC 27028

Memorial Service
Saturday
November 20, 2021

3:00 PM
Hills Chapel
302 North Main Street
Fairmont, NC 28340

Please note
The service today will be live streamed through First Baptist Church N Main Street FACEBOOK Web Page.
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