Wilson Jr., Edward C.

April 18, 2003

EDWARD CARMEL WILSON, JR., 79, died peacefully, Tuesday, April 15, 2003 with his family by his side at the VA Long Term Care Clinic in Baltimore. The son of the late Lula Belle (Custis) Wilson and Edward C. Wilson, Sr., he was a long-time resident of Pocomoke City, MD. Born November 30, 1923, he attended school in Pocomoke City, graduating in 1940 from Pocomoke High School. He attended Washington College and Salisbury (State) University before joining the Navy in 1943. Following training at Cornell University, he served in the Pacific until 1947 when he returned to Pocomoke City, where, following the death of his father, he married Pauline Long and took over the family grocery store on 3rd Street. Not content with the local market, Carmel branched the grocery store into E. Carmel Wilson Wholesale Meats; which served grocery stores from Princess Anne, Md. To Cape Charles, Va. between 1948 and 1977. In 1950, with his cousin Jack Custis, he opened the Pocomoke City Pharmacy. As a young entrepreneur, Carmel dabbled in real estate development as the first partner of Jim Caine in Ocean City, doing business as Surf and Sands. While doing this, he still found time to serve on the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank (now Peninsula), and Maryland National Bank in addition to serving on (or in) the Worcester County Board of Education, the Lions Club, The Elks Club, the VFW, American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge. Following the death of his first wife in 1962, Carmel married Evelyn Carter Parsons in 1965. A lifetime member of the Lions, the Masonic Lodge, and Salem United Methodist Church, he was the embodiment of the spirit of the town and of the friends he so loved. It can be truly said that his family does not know a single person that knew him that will not miss him. Carmel loved life his friends and his family, with whom he spent his final years in Comus, Maryland. He is preceded in death by his wife of thirty-five years, Evelyn and his daughter, Patty Parsons. He is survived by his son, Christopher A. Wilson and his daughter and son-in-law, The Rev. Ann Adams and Ed. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at 11:00 A.M. at the Holloway Melson Funeral Home, 103 Linden Ave., Pocomoke City, MD where a viewing will be held Monday, April 21, 2003 from 7 to 9 P.M. with an Elks Memorial Service at 8:30 P.M. Interment will follow the Funeral Service in Pitts Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Pocomoke City, MD with a Masonic service at graveside. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Violeteville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 24089 Baltimore, MD 21227. Arrangements are being handled by the Holloway Melson Funeral Home, 103 Linden Ave. Pocomoke City, MD.www.regionalobits.com

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