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Claude Ray WIlson
(March 24, 1937 - June 11, 2013)

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Claude Ray WIlson

Claude R. Wilson (Pappy) was born March 24, 1937 to the parentage of Fred Wilson, Sr. and Beulah M. Wilson in Bonham, Texas. He attended Booker T. Washington School and then later enlisted in the United States Army for twelve years and served two tours in the Vietnam War. Claude was a loving husband, father, grandfather (Papa) and brother. He was also a hard working and kind hearted man that never met a stranger. He would always say “I am Ok”, even when he was sick. As a young man in Bonham, Claude attended Saint Paul C.M.E. Church. Later in life, he fellowshipped at New Life C.O.G.I.C., in Bonham, He would always help out at church whenever he could. In order to provide for his family, Claude worked for General Cable Corp, TU Electric and Walmart. He was a member of several organizations such as: Life Member of DAV Chapter 129, Associate Member of Marine Corporation League #929, Purple Heart 612 Sherman and Vietnam Veterans of America 973. He volunteered at the V.A. Medical Center in Bonham Texas where he was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for his outstanding commitment and dedication in serving the VA North Texas Health Care System and the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in April of 2012. Claude met the love of his life, Lenita “Gayle” Wyatt, and they were united in holy matrimony for 39 years. To this union, two beautiful daughters were born, Kera Nicole Wilson and Chanteleese Renee Wilson. Claude was a proud “Papa” of three grandchildren, Demarius Wilson, Ja’Korian Wilson and Iyana Wilson. He dearly loved, cherished and spoiled them. On Tuesday June 11, 2013, Claude Ray Wilson’s tour of duty here on earth ended, and his eternal enlistment with the Lord began. He was preceded in death by his father , mother, two sisters and one brother. Left to cherish his precious memories are: his wife Lenita Wilson, Daughters, Kera Wilson and Chanteleese Wilson, grandchildren; Demarius, Ja’Koran and Iyana Wilson, siblings: Jeanette Robinson (Earl) of Detroit, Michigan, Dru Lee (Freddie) of Omaha, Nebraska, Gloria Holloway (Sammie), Calvin Wilson (Edna), Diana Ransom, Robert Williams (Emma), and Wanda Neal (Vincent) all of Bonham, Texas, aunt Loretta Sessions of Dallas, Texas and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends

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