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Master Sergeant William D. Wilson, Sr.


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MSGT William D. Wilson, Sr. “Bill”, age 72, of Melbourne, FL, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Wuesthoff Hospice House/Dr. Jey Pillai Center.

He was born on June 18, 1946 in Charlotte, NC and was the son of the late John Calvin Wilson and Mary Broom Wilson “Billie”.

MSGT Wilson retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service. His service began in November of 1966 as a Flight Mechanic, continued as a Flight Engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and ended upon his retirement in September of 1991 as a Flight Engineer Superintendent on the C-141 Starlifter. During his years of service, he participated in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, earning numerous decorations and medals, including the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

MSGT Wilson is preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Wilson Tuttle and Flora Wilson Jordan “Jean”. He is survived by his children, William David Wilson, Jr. and Kimberly Wilson.

MSGT Wilson will be laid to rest with full Military Honors at Cape Canaveral Nation Cemetery on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 32 J.L. Golightly, 2265 North Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935-6653.


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Mark Redman

February 11, 2019, 7:24 pm

God speed Bill.

Glen Murdock

February 11, 2019, 7:39 pm

I flew with Bill in 76 MAS, Charleston, great guy a joy to fly with.

Gale Rickert

February 11, 2019, 7:54 pm

RIP Bill! To the family, our condolences. JB and I both flew with Bill. He will be missed.

Hayden and Brenda Sloan

February 11, 2019, 8:04 pm

RIP Bill. Hayden and I are so glad we came to visit you. I will miss chatting with you on facebook. Fly high Mr Wilson.

Dave Morris

February 11, 2019, 8:10 pm

Rest in peace Bill, it was my honor to call you a friend…

Gary skaggs

February 11, 2019, 9:39 pm

What a great loss to the world. Flew with Bill in Charleston. God speed my friend.

Col (ret) Ronald J. Celentano, USAF

February 11, 2019, 9:59 pm

Rest in Peace Bill. You were a superb Flight Engineer and SNCO who I looked up to during my time in the 76 MAS as a new “green” copilot. I learned so much. God Bless you and your family. You will be missed!!

JB Rickert

February 12, 2019, 3:56 am

RIP, It was my privilege to know, and work with bill

J Seren

February 12, 2019, 9:48 am

It is always a sad day when we lose a fellow aviator. RIP

Woody Woodward

February 12, 2019, 12:16 pm

Yes, flew with Bill while in 76th, very good engineer and friend God bless you Bill and family.

Ron Blecha

February 12, 2019, 5:03 pm

High Flight by John G Magee
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds,-and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor ever eagle flew-
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God


February 14, 2019, 10:46 am

David and Kim frank and I love you both so much. Thinking of you at this time come see us any time your mom is sad too for the good times 🙏❤️😘

Yvonne and Brian

February 15, 2019, 10:00 pm

RIP Bill.
You were a wonderful neighbor and became a dear friend We will miss our visits and chats.
Condolences to David, Kim and Family

Joseph McCarthy

March 6, 2019, 8:37 pm

RIP Brother. When you passed, I heard the sound of wings.

Mike Lillis

May 2, 2019, 7:33 pm

To Bills family, I’m am so sorry for your loss. Bill and I worked together in Wilmington, NC and became fast friends. I last heard from Bill last Sept. and reached out to him today to see how he was doing. He will be missed.

Linda Brinkley

May 5, 2019, 6:25 pm

I worked with Bill at Auto Supply in Wilmington NC. Bill was a nice friendly man. I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.

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