Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 21, 2013

Ward Alan Wilson

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana —

Ward Alan Wilson went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. He was born April 26, 1942 in Corsicana to Kirby Walter Wilson and Dorothy Woodrow Wilson.

 After graduating from Corsicana High School, Alan joined the United States Air Force. He was assigned to Sac Headquarters at Vanderburg, the Atlas Missile Program. He loved this time, as it gave him an opportunity to learn about computers and electronics, a love he carried throughout his life. For the last 23 years, he was the chief engineer at the Collin Street Bakery. He was an accomplished musician. He played piano, guitar, banjo, clarinet, drums, and any instrument he picked up.

After he left the Air Force, he played at the Peppermint Twist in Pismo Beach. He also loved photography, taking thousands of pictures over the years. His family was the joy of his life. At the age of 44, he received his private pilot’s license. He also loved adventure and was never happier than when he was in a tight spot. He married Randy L. Gorden in 1966, and she enjoyed going on adventures with him. He loved scuba diving, water skiing, hiking and exploring. He was so proud of his children.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Kirby and Dorothy Wilson; brother, Mike Wilson; and infant granddaughters, Molly and Jordan Wilson.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Randy Wilson; sons David Wilson and wife Aileen, Paul Wilson and wife JoLynn; granddaughter Cecily Stephen; and mother-in-law, Ruby Stewart. He had many friends who loved him. He will be sincerely missed.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Elkins officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Ward Alan Wilson obituary.