Roger Dale Wilson, Sr. of Lynchburg, age 87 passed away on Tuesday, July 11,2023.
He was born on November 8,1935 in Lynchburg Va., the son of Oscar Reginald Wilson and Frances Virginia Creasy Wilson. He was twice widowed, Celine Joubert Wilson whom he always referred to as the love of his life, and Emily Winter Wilson. Also preceding him in death were brothers Douglas Wilson of Lynchburg and Edward Wilson of Bedford.
Dale retired from the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company where he was a bus driver for 18 years. Prior to that he drove tractor trailer for Commercial Transport Co. He was a graduate of Bedford High School class of 55. He was active in sports having earned 12 varsity letters for football, basketball,track,and baseball during that time. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 2 tours attaining the rank of Sgt. He attended the UVA and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University. He was a life member of the Virginia Jaycees, having served in many offices, the last being the National Director in 1968-1969 in which he was nominated as one of the top 100 young men of America.
After his family, the other love of his life was his beloved Marine Corps. He was a life member of the 2nd Marine Division Association, life member of the DAV, and a life member of the Marine Corps League Detachment #759 in Lynchburg. He was also a member of the Marine Corps Association, Military order of the Devil Dogs, the Beirut Veterans of America, 8th& I Marine Reunion Staff as well as several other Veterans organizations. He was at one time a regular contributor of written stories to “Follow Me”, a bi-monthly magazine of the 2nd Marine Division. The articles were well researched some serious, some humorous, some thoughtful and straight from the shoulder, just the way he lived his life.
He is survived by his children, Roger D. Wilson, Jr and fiancé Amy; Douglas Wilson; Sheila Wilson; Mark Hamlet; Brenda Salassi (Steve) all of Lynchburg. God Son Chris Bollinger (Sharon); 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Sister: Iris Thomas of Tampa Florida, sisters in law Jean Wilson & MaryAnn Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 AM Friday, July 21, 2023 at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Marine Corps League Detachment 759 Lynchburg, Va., or a Veteran organization of your choice.