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Millard “Gene” Wilson Jr.

FORT WORTH — Millard Eugene Wilson passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the age of 73.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Open Door Church, 301 S. Dobson St., Burleson, Pastor Troy Brewer officiating. Visitation: One hour before service time. Interment: Private family burial in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to SPARK Ministries (Serving, Protecting And Raising Kids) at Open Door Church.  SPARK Ministries has 6 orphanages and has brought 67 young girls out of human trafficking in 2016.
Gene Wilson was born Oct. 20, 1943, to the late Millard and Louise Wilson in Arlington.   Gene pastored many churches both big and small for 20 years in Texas, primarily First Baptist Church, Porter and First Baptist Church,  Crowley.  He also served as director of missions of 130 churches in California for 5 years. Gene was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Lee Wilson; children, Sandy Alford, Eddie Alford, Vicki Sabin, Ty Alford and Beth Alford; brother, John Wilson; sisters, Lynda Moak and Paula Spencer; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members; and many dear friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Oh, my, so many great memories that we have. One of the best for me was at Southmore Plaza. Gene was preaching his heart out, stepped from behind the pulpit, walked down the aisle, out the double doors, and finished his statement in the vestibule. Now that got some attention. That is only one of many. Another one was at Robinson Fork on a fishing trip. Gene lost his little tackle box which fell into a deep hole. Virginia and Sandra had to dive to get it. They were successful, and Gene went right on fishing. I praise God that He allowed our paths to cross. Gene and Virginia were great friends to us.

  2. Rest In Peace, brother Gene!

  3. Bro. Gene loved everyone. I was a hurting young man when our paths crossed. He taught me so many things about life and ministry. He was a father figure to so many.
    I’ll never forget that he truly never played favorites. If you were a deacons kid no one’s kid like myself and you got out of line he would call you out. But it was always done with love and class. Best pastor I ever had.
    His reward is enormous. Thank you Wilson family for sharing him with us. He truly loved everyone and made them family.

  4. Tonya (Hayman) Rose

    Brother Gene was my pastor as a young girl. His nickname for me was Tanya T. Tucker! lol! I loved him dearly, as his wife too! She would say to the little kids, “don’t be a me-firster.” Though I have not seen them since I was very young, memories of Brother Gene and Mrs. Wilson always make me smile. 🙂 May the Lord graciously comfort all who are grieving at this difficult time.
    Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

  5. On behalf of the Illinois Baptist State Association and its member churches, I would like to offer both sympathy and gratitude for Bro. Gene’s time of service and leadership here in Illinois. I only met Gene once personally, but he and Virginia are remembered fondly by the Illinois Baptist family that knew them during their brief time here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during these days.
    Nate Adams
    Executive Director
    Illinois Baptist State Association

  6. Marlene Robinson

    Gene & Virginia became precious friends to my husband and I when we all attended Western Oaks Baptist Church, Springfield IL. We had so many wonderful times together. One favorite memory is of when Gene & Virginia were guests in our home and Virginia insisted on clearing the table. Out of frustration I said to Gene, “Gene, get that wife of yours to come in here and sit down!” Gene flashed that beautiful smile and blew us all away as he struggled to utter, “Ginia! Git in here!” Then he beamed even brighter! What a joy it’ll be seeing him again one day!
    To Virginia – THANKS for the lovely memories. May they warm your heart in days ahead. Revel in God’s arms. Sending you much love! ; )

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