Clifford Wilson, born Nov. 10, 1933, passed away in his home on June 21, 2011, a the age of 77. He will be missed by his many friends and certainly by his family. Known as “dad,” grandad, “coach” and Cliff, he lived a rich and full life. Born in San Saba the youngest of seven children he earned his high school diploma then went to Angelo College to play football. He met and married Suzie Jameson in 1953.
Clifford proudly served his country in the Air Force stationed in Japan and El Paso. While in the service he had the privilege of playing on the softball team and he often told stories of the camaraderie and special places they were able to see. He went on to graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest College in San Marcus and in 1966 received his Master’s in Education. His career in education included coaching, teaching and administration. His first teaching post was in Rankin, TX and he was also a part of Robert Lee ISD, Highland ISD and Colorado City ISD, serving in different capacities such as teacher, coach and principal. He is remembered by former students as a tough but fair teacher that was always willing to go the extra mile for someone in need. Clifford and his wife Suzie had three children and lived on the “ranch” in Silver, TX. In August of 2000 Suzie passed away after a short battle with cancer. In 2002 he married Julia Brown, an old friend and school mate. They made their home in San Saba where family and friends were plentiful. “Checking the courthouse” and taking a drive up Chapel Hill were daily rituals until he was no longer able to do so. Illness marked his last years but he was always willing to work hard to maintain his independence. His comfort and well being was top priority for his wife Julia and in the latter stages Brady Health Care Services stepped in to help meet his needs. A genuine heartily laugh was a trait that will always be remembered by all of those who knew him well. A good political discussion was something he looked for daily. Clifford Wilson will be missed by many but he is looking down from Heaven and has found peace.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Julia Brown Wilson; sons, Ed Wilson and wife Brandye and Everett Wilson and wife Nina; daughter, Jodi Collier and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Becca Gray and husband, Jerrad, Drew Wilson, Evan Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Emrick Wilson, Hudson Collier, Lawson Collier; brother, Paul Wilson and his wife, Betty of San Saba TX; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Lura Grace Wilson; his first wife, Suzie Wilson; two sisters; and three brothers.
Funeral service was at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at San Saba’s First Baptist Church with Rev. Sam Crosby officiating. Interment followed at McKenzieville Cemetery, 20 miles North of Robert Lee on 208.
Memorials can be made to San Saba’s First Baptist Church or the Robert Lee Volunteer Fire Department at 21 E. 10th St. Robert Lee, TX 76945.