Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Eugene Wilson, 77, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, January 4, 2021. Services will be 12 noon on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Central City Church, 621 Foster Road, with social distance seating. A graveside service for the family will follow at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Day School, 5671 Calvin Drive, Macon, GA 31210, Central City Church, 621 Foster Road, Macon, GA 31210, or Operation Blessing, CBN.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rinda; and their three children, sons David Lawrence Wilson (Alexis) and grandchildren Brynna Katherine, Joshua Wright, and Robert Lawrence “Law”; Christopher Mark Wilson (Hope) and granddaughters Lola Grace and Maddie James; and daughter Summer Wilson Corrigan (Brian) and grandchildren Wilson Thomas, William Ty, Hallie Blair, and Levi Michael. Larry is predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Wilson, and brothers Wallace Cleveland Wilson, and Craig Forsythe Wilson.
Larry was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but his family moved to Washington, D.C. early in his life, and he remained there until He returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma. He married Rinda in 1966 and they lived in Atlanta, GA, where he attended Emory University Dental School. Following graduation from Emory, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in the only European MASH unit during the Vietnam Nam war.
After his stint in the Army, Larry and Rinda moved to Macon, GA, where he joined the dental practice of Dr. Ralph Durham and fellow Emory University classmate Dr. Larry Landers.
Larry and Rinda loved Macon, joined Idle Hour Country Club, and settled in to raise their family. They enrolled their oldest son David in First Presbyterian Day School in 1975, when the school was just five years old. A strong bond developed between the Wilsons and FPD, and continuously from 1975 until today, there has been a Wilson attending or teaching at the school. Larry served a term as a board member there, and was a faithful FPD fan for all school activities his entire life.
Larry was stricken with macular degeneration in early 1983, and was forced to sell the dental practice he loved. Six years later, he developed Parkinson’s disease, but it was fairly benign for many years, and he was able to teach at the local dental hygiene school for a short time, and then work for R&D Builders for almost 20 years. In 1980 he became one of the founding members of Emmanuel Church, now renamed Central City Church, and served as an Elder for over 20 years. His love for the Lord grew stronger with every passing year. Faith, family, and country became the touchstones of his life, with healthy side dishes of sports and music. Those who knew him realized that though health issues changed the direction of his life, pessimism and depression never had a chance. He was always full of faith - happy, funny, and helpful to all.
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