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History
Beginning | Wilbur Preston Wilson | 100 Block of Harrison Avenue | 413 Harrison Avenue | 301 McKenzie Avenue

Wilbur Preston Wilson
1909-1991
1909-1991
 

W ilbur 'Buck' Wilson moved with his parents to Panama City when he was a year old. He spent his entire life in Panama City except for attending school at Georgia Military Academy and the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee. He spent time abroad while a member of the Merchant Marines. He married Lennie Killingsworth of Columbia, Alabama. Buck spent his life working as a licensed funeral director/embalmer at Wilson Funeral Home. Buck had a dry sense of humor and could make people laugh. He was also considered one of the best embalmers of all time. He embalmed during the days of the gravity bottle, so when the embalming machine was invented and became available, he purchased one. His father thought it was a senseless piece of equipment. His father soon realized the value of the machine and reimbursed him. He and his wife, Lennie, are buried in Greenwood Cemetery where most of the area's founding fathers are buried.




   

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