Published: Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Gray Wilson, 93, of Pep died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Nov. 6, 1912, in St. Paul, Minn., to Irma and Oliver S. Wilson, he grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On Sept. 2, 1939, in Navada, Iowa, he married Sara Margaret Wilson. He served in the Navy as a cook during World War II. For several years after graduating from college, he was employed as a social worker. Growing up, he was active in Scouting, and worked for about two years for the Boy Scouts. For many years he owned and operated several small businesses before going to work for Hewlett-Packard. He started as a janitor, and when he retired in 1975 he was supervisor for an electronics department. He and his wife made their home in Albuquerque from 1975 to 1979 when he moved to Pep and purchased a store there. He owned and operated the Wilson Country Store at Pep until February. In 1986, he became postmaster for Pep as the oldest individual hired as a postmaster, according to family members. He retired from the Postal Service in 2003. He was an accomplished artist, painting in oils and acrylics, according to family members. They said he was an avid Oakland A’s baseball fan, and collected baseball cards and postage stamps. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died June 16, 2002, after more than 62 years of marriage; his parents, and one grandson. Survivors include three sons, Philip Wilson (and wife, Vainga) of Pahoa, Hawaii, Richard Wilson of Alameda, Calif., and Denis Wilson (Cecille) of Redwood City, Calif.; a daughter, Melinda Coslett (Carl) of Clovis; and 10 grandchildren. The Rev. Clyde Davis will officiate. Burial has occurred in Portales Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Portales or Clovis. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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