She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a special person who strived to exemplify Christian love to others. Throughout her life, she sought the best in everyone.
Within her own family, she was the strength and spirit who demonstrated that solid family values are important, that loving one another should be bound with kindness and generosity, but most of all that having an abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is essential to blessing others and being blessed.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Gaines Gibson, in 1988; her parents, Meek and Temple Courington; and brothers, J.B. Courington, Richard Courington, Everett Courington, Dewey Courington and Coleman Courington.
She is survived by her loving husband, John C. Wilson; children, Janice Gibson Avard (John) of Pelham, Ga., William “Bill” Allen Gibson (Candy) of Jasper, Jean Wilson Holman (Bob) of Dothan, Johnny Wilson of San Francisco, Calif., Joe Smith (Simone) of the U.S. Virgin Islands; and four grandchildren, Angie Avard Turner (Steven) of Pelham, Ga., Patrick Joseph Avard of Atlanta, Ga., William Grant Gibson of Jasper and Franklin Gaines Gibson of Jasper; three great-grandchildren, Savannah Caroline Pearson Turner, Meredith Camille Turner and Simeon Wright Turner; sisters, Jean Patton of Jasper, Mindy Smitherman of Jasper and Martha Fulton (Ronald) of Jasper; brothers, Al Courington of Jasper and Jim Courington of Wetumpka (Jane); and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Wilson was a lifelong resident of Walker County. She graduated from Walker County High School in 1947. She also took classes at what was then known as Walker College, presently Bevill State Community College. Shortly after that, she began working at the DaiIy Mountain Eagle. It was there that she met her first husband, and in 1959 they started Gibson Printing and Office Supply.
She was a longtime member of Jasper's First Baptist Church where, for many years, she enjoyed singing in the choir and being a part of the JOY ministry. A charter member of the Jasper Pilot Club, Wilson took great pleasure in serving with other women in the community. She was an avid gardener who loved working in the yard and learning about various plants and flowers.However, her happiest and most cherished moments in Iife came from spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed.
We would also like to thank a very special person in Howard Lollar, who loved our mother as we did and helped us get through such a difficult season.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Avard, Whit Capps, Jonathan Fulton, Grant Gibson, Gaines Gibson, Randy Gilliland, Bob Holman and Charles Hubbert. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Smith’s Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Jasper's First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 71, Jasper, AL 35502 or Sardis Cemetery Fund, 1311 Ellis Street, Jasper, AL 35501.
Funeral services will be held at Jasper's First Baptist Church today, Oct. 11, 2013, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m and the service to follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Dennis Culbreth and Associate Pastor Earnie Burfitt will officiate.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571