Rhodney Wilson

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In Memory of Rhodney Wilson

Rhodney H. Wilson, age 77, of Wilburton, OK passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.

Rhodney was born May 17th, 1943 in Wilburton, OK to Jesse Howard Wilson and Viola Lucille Cantrell Wilson. He graduated from Wilburton High School and then went on to serve in the United States Air Force as a refrigeration technician, stationed in Great Falls, Montana. Rhodney earned his Associate of Applied Sciences from EOSC in 1975 and worked as a pipefitter for the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local No. 430 for 21 years. On October 21st, 1964 he married Johnnye Ruth Templeton of Hartshorne, OK. They raised two children, Darren Wilson and Jo Ann Wilson Jones.

His passions included fishing and hunting. You would often find him running trotlines on Lake Eufaula or patrolling the woods looking for something to stock the freezer. He loved spending time tending the garden and playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was little that Rhodney wasn’t willing to tackle, including the home that he built and lived in for 50 years. He was known as a great conversationalist who had no end of great stories. He enjoyed spending time with friends and had especially close friendships with Edna Bullet, Justin Adams, and Rick and Patti Manley.

Rhodney is preceded in death by his father, Jesse “Buddy” Howard Wilson, and his mother, Viola Lucille Cantrell Wilson. He is survived by his wife Johnnye; his children: Darren Wilson and his wife Kim, Jo Jones and her husband Bart; his sisters: Barbara, Sue, and Linda; grandchildren: Justin Didlott and his wife Elizabeth, Cherise Wilson and her husband Zach , Lindsey Russell and her husband Cody, Rebekah McIntosh, Sylvia Walters, Sarah Jones, and Andrew Jones; great grandchildren: Avery and Tayver Russell, Tristan and Isabelle Didlott; his Aunt Betty Cantrell, along with a huge amount of in-laws, nieces, nephews, many cousins and friends.

A private family service will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Bob Waldrop Memorial Chapel at Waldrop Funeral Home in Wilburton, OK with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating. The burial will follow the at Center Point Cemetery and is open to the public.

Pallbearers will be Zach Peterson, Justin Didlott, Andrew Jones, Cody Russell, Justin Adams, and Rick Manley.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Elmo Collins, Larry Johnson, Calvin Mattingly, Darrell Templeton, Steve Raley, Jerry Warren, Wayne Copeland, Bart Jones, and Donald Scott.

Services under the direction of Waldrop Funeral Home in Wilburton, OK.

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