Charles Clifton "Cliff" Wilson, 81, moved peacefully to heaven from North Memorial Hospice in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, while in the presence of his family.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 21, 2008, at Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, with Pastor Jeff Maxwell officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton. Memorials may be made to Lake of the Ozarks Resort Ministry or North Memorial Residential Hospice. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633. Condolences may be sent to the family via Gibson Funeral Homes Inc. Web site at www.gibsonfunerals.com.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1926, in Rector, Ark., the son of Cliff and Winnie Faye (Williams) Wilson. He grew up on the Rector farmstead and later moved to the Williams Farm in Sugar Tree Township in Carroll County. He was a life-long resident of Carroll County. He attended school in Sugar Tree and Bosworth. He was the valedictorian of the Bosworth High School class of 1944. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-46, in the South Pacific and occupied Germany. After his military service, he became an operating engineer for Amoco Pipeline until 1993. Upon retirement, he worked as an inspector for Williams Brothers Pipeline. He was a lifetime member of the VFW post 1773, and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 101 in Kansas City for 50 years. He is remembered by family and friends for his strong work ethic, integrity, card and pool-playing skills, intelligence, love of reading, quick wit and sense of humor.
He is survived by three daughters, Faye Ann Myers and her husband, Robert, of Minneapolis, Sherry Ivester and her husband, Joe, of Tucson, Ariz., and Donna Pinney of Brunswick; one son, John C.F. Wilson of Sedalia; five grandchildren, Lauren Skaar of Burbank, Calif., Sebastian and Carina Myers of Minneapolis, and Sarah and Owen Ivester of Tucson; two great-grandchildren also of Tucson; and nieces and nephews, including Betty Sprouse of Braymer; he is also survived by his good friend, Helen Barr, and many pipeline and Carrollton Senior Center friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Palmer Knight Wilson; his first wife, Mary Margaret (Sprouse) Wilson; and his second wife, Colleen Pinney Wilson.
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