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Visitation information
Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Service information
Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
2 p.m.

Interment information
Parklawn Memorial Park
Winston-Salem, NC

Frank Joseph Wilson
Apr 14, 1939 - Mar 13, 2017
Frank Wilson was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana on April 14, 1939 to Lucille and Howard Wilson.

He met and married Ellinore Menge and to that union three children were born. In his early years Frank worked for Nabisco, which was something he really enjoyed and has collected many memorable keepsakes over the years. Following that, he started Wilson Construction on Long Island, New York where he ran a very successful business and learned the trades he would use for the rest of his life and the lives of his friends and family.

After moving to North Carolina in 1978, he went back to the automotive industry where he worked in management and sales.

He later married Faye Bottoms, who preceded him in death.

He was passionate about a lot of things and loved talking about them. He was an avid Ebay junky and loved collecting anything relating to The Pure Oil Company, Nabisco and Coca Cola. He loved the drag racing (NHRA) and in his younger years spent many weekends at the track along with many evenings during the week in the garage getting the car ready to win. As he got older those days faded to "watching the drags" from the comfort of his living room or maybe an occasional weekend at the track with friends.

Fish have always been something Frank enjoyed and from a hobby he loved, Reef Concepts was born. He designed and built the Aerofoamer Protein Skimmer which became popular in the saltwater reef tank community.

He transitioned from this life unexpectedly on March 13, 2017. He was loved very much by his family and the lifetime of friends he's always managed to somehow keep in touch with. He will be deeply missed by all and remembered as someone you could always count on when you needed him.

Frank Wilson is survived by his brother, Len Busby; sister, Kim Crowe; his children, Debra Wilson, Craig (Maureen) Wilson and Keri Wilson; his step-children, Tammy Bottoms Speaks and Todd Bottoms; his grandchildren, Lisa Wilson, Terry Harris, Jr., Adrianne Harris, Craig Wilson, II, Jessica Wilson Drummond, Nicole Wilson and Raymond Erickson; his longtime love, Rose H. Lee; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Susan and Henry Heidtmann
Our hearts reach out to Frank's family and friends on his sudden passing Susan has known Frank since Sewanhaka High school . Enjoyed his great emails and his wonderful sense of humor. We will probably never have another reunion since he was the energy behind the planning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cynthia Cooper Bracken
I didn't know Frank at Sewanhaka - our class was HUGE, but I appreciated his work in making the reunion possible and had a grand time attending it. I'm sorry that I now won't get the chance to know him and I'm thinking of Craig and his siblings as I know how hard it is to lose a parent. What a lovely email Craig sent to us all! I'm sure your dad would be very proud.
Sorry for your loss Frank had been my neighbor for several years he was actually a funny guy always expressing his viewpoint of the world and had an answer how to fix it.Even though he moved away he would keep in touch by E-Mail he never seemed to lose his positive attitude or his pride in Craig.Please accept my deepest sympathy for your family Frank will be missed.
Lil Alverson
Our condolences to the family. Frank will be missed by his friends at RCGC.
Brenda Dorrien
So sorry to hear about Frank's death. We meet in high school and I really appreciated all the effort he put into the Sewanhaka reunion. He must have had a huge e-mail contact list because you could be sure to hear from Frank every now and then. When my brother, Don, was dying from lung cancer, we connected because his wife at the time was also suffering from cancer. He was such a caring individual and he will certainly be missed by much more than his family.
Anita DiChiaro (Ledda)
so sorry to hear about Frank's passing-he was a popular guy in the class of '58 at Sewanhaka. We were an enormous graduating class so you didn't always know each and every individual personally but Frank's name was always out there. He was very involved in student affairs and contributed much to our Class. He was instrumental in organizing the 50th reunion & I'm sure was looking forward to the 60th. He will be sorely missed by all. My condolences to the entire family.
Marcia (Lukin) Treber
Frank and I re-connected after the 50th reunion when I received many invites, notices, etc. regarding the reunion and the wonderful time that was had by all. He sent me pictures, addresses and any news that he though I may be interested in. We then started e-mailing and it was a sad day when I did not receive one of his missives. We e-mailed stores, jokes, political info, pictures we thought might interest each other. It was a joy to hear from him each day. And when 2 days went by - then 3 - I knew something had happened. It was a sad day for me - we had become friends after all these years and now I am left without a dear person in my life. I know he deeply loved his family and his many friends. I still miss him dearly. May God hold him in the palm of His hands.


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