Born Aug. 31, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn., son of the late William Herbert Wilson and Mary Bryan Wilson, he was a veterinarian, a 1959 graduate of Senath High School, and a 1966 graduate of the University of Missouri with three degrees, B.S., M.S., and D.V.M. He joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While serving in Vietnam, he developed an animal hospital and also received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. After military service he established a small animal hospital in Southaven, Miss., and was personal caregiver to Elvis Presley's animals until his death. He was also a consultant to President Richard Nixon. He was a member of Son of Confederate Veterans, Director of Inner Circle of Republican Party, life member of Veteran of Foreign Wars, a life member of Senath American Legion Post, and a member of the Senath United Methodist Church in Senath, Mo.
Survivors include three friends, Steve Neils, of Minneapolis, Minn., David Harris, of Senath and Mark Arneson, of St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, at Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob McNabb officiating.
Burial will follow in the Senath Cemetery.