A graveside funeral service for Walter C. 'Dub' Wilson, 74, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at Jordan Springs Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Walter C. “ Dub” Wilson stepped into heaven Tuesday morning Aug. 15, 2017 at his beloved ranch south of Brownwood. Dub was born in Brownwood, Sept. 21, 1942. He attended public school in Bangs, and graduated as valedictorian in 1961. He graduated from Howard Payne University in May 1965.
He started his career as an accountant for Humble Oil Company in Kingsville, where he met his wife, Deb, June 14, 1965. They were married Aug. 26, 1965. He enlisted in the Navy reserves in February 1966 and was accepted to Navy Officer Candidate School in August 1966 in Newport, Rhode Island. He served three years off the coast of Vietnam and received an honorable discharge as full lieutenant. He continued his oil and gas career for 35 years as a CPA in Corpus Christi and Houston retiring as CFO of EOG Resources in 2000.
Dub came to know the Lord as a grade schooler at First Baptist Bangs. Before settling in Houston, Dub and Deb served in churches in Rhode Island, California, Corpus Christi, and Kingwood as Sunday school teachers and choir members. He faithfully served His Lord and Savior as Sunday school teacher, department director, chairman of the deacons and in the choir at Houston’s First Baptist Church for about 25 years. He loved serving others and especially singing in the Houston Christmas Pageant from 1973 until the early 1990s.
After retiring, Dub devoted his energy to serving his beloved Howard Payne University for over 17 years on the board of trustees and as chair to many board committees, restoring the Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood and serving as the inaugural chair of the Lyric Performing Arts Company for 10 years, and hosting numerous organizations, groups and friends at Four Oaks Ranch for fabulous events. He served on the Board of Advisors for Stephen Grace and Company.
He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who was lovingly called “Ponca” by his grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry E. “Lige” and Lottie Mae Wilson of Bangs; and brother-in-law, Don Roberts of Midland.
He is survived by his wife, Deb Wilson; his son, Scott Wilson and wife Susan of Coppell; his daughter, Aimée Wilson Sproles, and husband Brandon of Houston; and his grandchildren, Mackenzie, Grayson and Caroline Wilson, and Abby and Ethan Sproles. He is also survived by his brother, Weldon Wilson and wife Kay of Brownwood; his sister, Wilma Roberts of Midland; nieces and nephews, Van, Garett and Ty Wilson, Steven and Candace Wilson, K’Lynn Roberts, Wilson, Nikki, Corinne and Bailey Roberts; and numerous other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to:
• Houston’s First Baptist Church, Pastoral Care or Thru the Roof ministries – 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024
• Howard Payne University, “Old Main” scholarship fund – 1000 Fisk Avenue, Brownwood, TX 76801
• First Baptist Bangs – 401 Second St, P.O. Box 520, Bangs, TX 76823
The righteous man walks in his integrity, his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:17