Dr. Ben Wilson Jr., 88, of Uvalde, TX, died April 7, 2022 at Veranda Senior Living Facility.
He was born on August 13, 1933 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Charlotte Cornman Wilson (Dudley) and Benjamin Franklin Wilson.
He married Verna Chorine Walker on May 21, 1954.
He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston and attended the University of Houston. He was active in the PLC program and after earning his Bachelor of Science he entered the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Having received an honorable discharge, he began his 46-year career in education as a math teacher at Cullen Junior High School in Houston.
He then led the counseling program at Gary Job Corps Center, San Marcos; was a counselor at Hays High School, Buda; held several positions at Pearsall ISD, including Deputy Superintendent of Training; and joined the faculty of Sul Ross State University, Rio Grande College, in 1989. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston, a Ph.D. from National Christian University, and an Ed.D. from Baylor University, and was a Certified Professional Counselor and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.
Upon his retirement in 2003, Sul Ross State University named him Emeritus Professor of Education. In 2004, the Texas Association of School Administrators made him an Honorary Life Member in recognition of his service to public education in Texas.
Dr. Wilson was an acclaimed author, having contributed to numerous professional journals throughout his career. As a poet he was named in Who’s Who in American Poetry (2002-2003) and published a volume of his poetry in 2004. He has been active in the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine Club, the Pearsall Lion’s Club, the Green Thumb Garden Club of Uvalde and other community organizations, as well as the First United Methodist Church of Uvalde. He also enjoyed the Men’s Fellowship and the friends he made there.
He combined his birdwatching and woodworking hobbies by building birdhouses for his favorite, the Purple Martin. He donated birdhouses to various causes and erected several in his yard, where he enjoyed watching the birds during their season here. He also loved to travel, visiting many attractions in the United States with his wife and grandsons, and vacationing in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.
He is survived by his wife, Verna Chorine Wilson; daughter, Coleith Molstad, and her husband, Lee Molstad; daughter, Cynthia Wilson; and his son, Ben Edward Wilson, and his wife, Diane Rogas Wilson; four grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews. His parents predeceased him; his brother, Joe C. Voloto; and his nephew, Daniel Voloto.
A memorial service is scheduled at First United Methodist Church, Uvalde on April 30, 2022, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Uvalde First United Methodist Church, Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Uvalde Ministerial Alliance.
The procedure is a paid obituary.