Sunday, 03 March 2024

Homer Webster Wilson

Homer Webster Wilson. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Homer Webster Wilson was born in Palestine, Texas, on Nov. 18, 1928, to the Rev. George H. Wilson and Nancy Roberson. He was one of 14 children.

Homer joined the military at the age of 18 and served three years in the occupation of Japan.

In 1950 he entered the Korean War and served 13 months in combat duty. He attained the rank of sergeant and commanded a 12-man 155 mm howitzer gun crew. He received several commendations and metals including the Korea Commendation Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.

On May 31, 1952, he married Christine McCray, and from this union, a son was born; they named him Levert.

In 1953 he was honorably discharged from the military. He moved to California where he attended Oakland City College where he majored in business law. He worked for 38 years in civil service for the state of California and the federal government.

Together, Homer and Christine built their home in Nice, California; they built a life they loved. This year, 2022, would have marked their 64th wedding anniversary.

On any given day, Homer, affectionately known as HW, could be found relaxing out on the deck. He’d read his newspaper and watch his sports; he loved the Dodgers and the 49ers and tending to his four-legged companions, who, as of recently, were all named “Thor.” He also liked to fish and hunt.

Homer also enjoyed hosting family. He would share his wisdom with everyone in his presence. Food was plentiful in the Wilson home, and you were always welcome. Homer would give his last, and before you left his house, he would give you this advice: “Keep it in the middle of the road, mate.”

Other words of wisdom included: “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything,” It’s six one way, half a dozen another,” and “Come to me with friendship and not with your hand out.”

Homer departed this life on Oct. 25, 2022, at the tender age of 93. He would live a full, blessed and productive life, one full of love and great memories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. George H. Wilson and Nancy Roberson Wilson; his wife of 64 years, Christine; his sisters, Arlener Moore, Lola Faye Briley, Nancy Jean Reliford, Ruth Thelma Glenn and Terrie Lee Wilson; his brothers, LC Wilson, Richard Odell Wilson and Clemmon Santee Wilson; and his stepmother, Corrie Wilson.

Homer leaves to cherish his memory his son, Levert (Linda) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; a grandson, Byron Rideaux of Lawrenceville; one great-grandson, Byron of Covina, California; three brothers, Audrey Wilson, Glenell Wilson and Johnathan Wayne Wilson, all of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters, Octavia Lorraine Smith of Austin, Texas, and Evelyn Harker Wilson of Bellevue, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Alice Faye Randal (Randy) of Oakland, California, Pearl Guiton of Houston, Texas, and Dixon Dunn of Oakland; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Nice Community Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 12, followed by a funeral service at noon.

A graveside service will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1:15 p.m.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

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