ALBANY -- Edward Lawrence Wilson (Ed), 69, of Albany, GA died Friday, September 7, 2012 at Palmyra Nursing Home. He was born on November 6, 1943 in Emerson, Arkansas, the fourth child of The Reverend Edward LeRue and Gracie (Nickson) Wilson. He attended Acadia Parish Training School in Rayne, Louisiana and was graduated from George Washington Carver High School in DeRidder, LA in 1961. Ed joined the United States Air Force following graduation from high school and served in several locations in the United States and in Europe.

Ed was married to Betty J. (Webb) Wilson, and they resided in Albany, GA. Ed was formerly married to Doris Young Wilson of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and from that union Ed and Doris lovingly parented Pamela Wilson (Granddaughters - Jessica and Jennifer Marts), Kisha Wilson Young (Grandchildren - Kecia Wilson, Damone Young and Caden Taylor); Alice Wilson (Grandchildren - Karen and Kobe Wilson); Allen Wilson (Grandchildren - Allen, Jr. and DeQuan Wilson), and Ed's step-daughter Allison Young Wesley.

With Betty, Ed parented two step-sons, Allen Dyson (Wife - Leigh; Grandchildren - DeAundrer, Shaune, Jay, and Allie Dyson) and Bernard Webb (Wife - Dalisa; Grandchildren - Chauncy Webster, Breanna, Distiny, Mariah, and Makinzi Webb).

Ed was retired from Jetson Correctional Facility in Baton Rouge, LA. He was an active member of the Hines Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Albany, GA, where he was a member of the choir, a member of Timothy (a nurture group of the Hines Memorial Church), Coordinator of the Transportation Ministry, and Chairman of the Commission on Social Justice and Human Concerns. Edward was dedicated member of AARP, and served twice as the Southeast Regional Volunteer Director. He was also a volunteer at Phoebe-Putney Hospital and an avid bowler with the Albany Bowling League.

A lover of life, he impacted many. He brought joy, laughter and feelings of wellbeing every chance he could. He was a diligent organizer, as he was often the "point man" for his family reunion plans and activities, a person of decorum and order in business, church, and social meetings. Ed always gravitated back to his roots and foundation of Christ as his solid Rock.

He leaves his beloved wife Betty; his sons, daughters, and grandchildren mentioned above. He also leaves a sister, Susie Wilson Guy, and her husband The Reverend Louis F. Guy, I of DeRidder, LA; a brother, Billy R Wilson, of DeRidder, LA; and a sister, Shirley Wilson Francois, of Dallas, GA. Other survivors include his supportive father-in-law, Mr. Willie Brooks, a sister/brother-in-law, Veronica and Wasdom Graydon of Tifton, GA, several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Gracie, father, Edward LeRue, a brother, LeRoy, and a son, David.

The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Edward Wilson will be Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 11.00 A.M. at the Hines Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (, 408 North Madison Street, Albany, GA 31701, 229.432.1277. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Palmyra Nursing Facility, 1904 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701.

Arrangements are being handled by the M. L King Funeral Diretors (, 1908 MLK, Jr. Drive, Albany, GA 31701 (229.435.4813). The Service of Committal will take place at Floral Memory Garden, 120 Old Pretoria Road, Albany.

M. L. King Funeral Directors

Albany 229/435-4813