Eldon “Wayne” Wilson, 90, finished his earthly journey and met Jesus on Thursday, February 6, with his loving family and Pastor Randy by his side. He was born on February 25, 1929, in Duncan, Oklahoma to Charles William and Dessie Mae (Snelson) Wilson.
Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, February 9, 4:00-6:00P.M. at Whitt Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, February 10, at 3:00P.M. at New Hope Baptist Church West, with Pastor Randy Southerland officiating, assisted by Dr. Brad Allen. Interment will follow at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.
Wayne was a 1947 graduate of Duncan High School. He married the love of his life, Maxine Evelyn Ryther, on March 3, 1948, in Duncan. To this union, daughter Sharon was born.
He was employed for 30 years as a supervisor for Sun Oil/Tosco Refinery, retiring when the refinery closed. Wayne and Maxine became the sole owners of the Ginger Jar in 1989. They were able to expand the business and Sharon and Johnny Rue came on board with them. Wayne was a familiar face to all of their customers. He was a Deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, and New Hope Baptist Church West; he also served as a Sunday School teacher.
Wayne loved to go on cruises to lots of places, but Alaska was his favorite. OU football and Thunder basketball were his favorite sports team. He developed his love of fishing while they lived at Lake Humphreys for many years. He also enjoyed playing golf.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Eugene Wilson.
Wayne is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Maxine; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Johnny Rue; grandchildren, Angie and husband Dr. Mitch Wolfe of Henrietta, Texas and Bryan Scott and wife Tammy Rue of Mustang; great grandchildren, Martin and Tara Wolfe and Hunter and Chase Wolfe; and many nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Mike Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Lynn Wilson, Todd Clark, Ken Murphree, and Kreg Murphree. Honorary pallbearers are Dick Fennel, Dick Greenwood, Tom Zigler, and Steve Morcom.
Memorial contributions can be made to New Hope Baptist Church West Kitchen Ministry.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.