Coach Jerry A. Wilson, 86, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2022 at Conway Regional Medical Center. He was born in Greenbrier, Arkansas on October 25, 1935, to Fred and Lois Glenn Wilson. A graduate of Greenbrier High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) where he was also a member of the basketball team, then earned his master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. He was an educator, teacher, basketball coach and administrator. Coach Wilson was a man of great integrity and character, and he led by example. He enjoyed teaching and coaching; and it was his great honor to help the students he taught and trained to succeed and develop their character. He cared about his students. He was an encouragement, a supporter and an inspiration to many. He began his teaching and coaching career in Quitman, Arkansas. He then began teaching and coaching at England High School in 1970 where he coached for over 25 years, later becoming an administrator there. He retired after more than 30 years of service in education.
Jerry was a Christian and a member of Conway’s Second Baptist Church. His faith grew and encouraged in his childhood, and his faith in the Lord strengthened and guided him throughout his life. He was a beloved and cherished husband, father and grandfather. He loved and cherished his family, and his family adored him. He developed friendships easily thanks to his wonderful way of connecting with people. He had a quick wit and a sense of humor that was uniquely his. Many students fondly remember his witty phrases or a funny or clever nickname he called them. Coach Wilson enjoyed playing sports, attending sporting events, or just watching sports – most notably the UCA Bears and Arkansas Razorbacks. He loved fishing, nature, wildlife and bird identification. He was also a very gifted draftsman.
Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Fred and Lois Wilson; his brother, Robert Wilson; and his sister, Freda Lou Wilson Mobley.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Joy Leta Day Wilson; his daughter, Susan Carol Short of Conway; his son, Jeffrey Alan Wilson (Laura) of Rogers; his granddaughters, Amanda and Allison Short of Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughter, Cheney Wilson of Rogers; his sister, Margaret Mahan of St. Louis, Missouri; and special nieces, Amy Wilson Falleur, LeAnn Wilson Fryar and Laura Mahan Brown.
A celebratory service will be held Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the McNutt Funeral Home Chapel in Conway. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. before the service. Wearing a mask will be obligatory before entering the chapel. Interment will follow at Needs Creek Cemetery in Greenbrier. The pallbearers will be Jeff Wilson, Bob Edwards, Jerry Falleur, Joey Fryar, Gene Brown and Hank Matthews. The honorary bearers will be Blake Lieblong, Freed Duncan, Jim Thomas, Jimmy Harmon, Jim Willcox and Jerry Bradley.
The family would like to express their thanks to the doctors and nurses at Conway Regional Medical Center who provided expert, kind and compassionate care. If desired, memoirs may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry of Second Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas or the Conway Regional Health Foundation, Inc. All proceeds will go to the Conway Regional Wound Healing Center. Checks can be mailed to 2302 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034, (ATTN. Jerry Wilson account) or online at www.conwayregional.org/foundation/giving.
Posted by Log Cabin Democrat on January 26, 2022.