; John Wayne Wilson

John Wayne Wilson

By | July 11, 2019 2:15 pm

The world has lost a true Southern gentleman, an honest and simple man, who believed what was right was right and what was wrong was wrong. John could sometimes be very blunt with his words, but you always knew where he stood. He was proud to have served his country as a United States Marine, with two tours to Vietnam from June 1966 to June 1973.

John was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Anderson County, to Andrew H. Wilson and Altie Cleo McCoin Wilson.

John passed away at his home in the Cassville Community, with his loving wife, Brenda, by his side.

He was a welder by trade and owned his own welding company that specialized in heavy equipment repair.  The demand for his work took him all over the southeastern United States.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Wilson.

He is survived by his soulmate and wife, Brenda Oliver Wilson; daughter, Mary John “Mimi” Wilson; stepdaughters Dawnetta Waters and Rick, Dana R. Mabe; stepson, Terry Sims and Crystal; step-grandson Deke Waters and Ashley; step-granddaughter, Tylee Knox Waters; sister, Joanna Wilson; his fur baby, Kosmo; numerous friends who took him to his cancer treatments, Donnie Oliver, Denise Keen, Jack Bussell Dawnetta Waters; special neighbors, Bobby and Susie Clark, Clarence “Tick” Craver, Hilda Morrow who assisted with his needs; special friend, Roger Smith; and many other friends and family members.

John and Brenda appreciated all the help from NHC Homecare and the Veterans Clinic, in Cookeville. A special thanks to Mike Kerr with White County Ambulance Service and Shannon Jenkins of the White County Sheriff’s Office. Both of these individuals went way beyond their duties to assist during this tragedy.

Thank you for all the prayers from numerous churches. John was allowed to pass to his eternal life from his home with his wife at his side, which was what he wanted. It was also at his request to have a private graveside ceremony, at 11 a.m., July 11, 2019, at Old Zion Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

comments » 2

  1. Comment by Mary Liz Swindell - Willson

    July 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Brenda, so sorry for your loss.. even though we have not seen each other in forever, I think of y’all often.. will be praying for you and the family.. The WCHS Class of 1965 sends their love..

    With Love, Liz Swindell – Willson

  2. Comment by Amanda Bumbalough

    July 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Mrs.Brenda I am truly sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you.I was very lucky to have known John Wayne during the time that I cared for Cleo .John was a wonderful man whom I had much respect for the world certainly lost a great man.


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