William James Wilson,76, of Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 17, 2014. He had bravely confronted and fought Parkinson’s disease and metastatic melanoma that had spread to his lungs. Bill was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and spent his growing up years in Maine and Florida. He was a graduate of Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
Bill was an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day-Adventist church. He worked in West Virginia, Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He came to Pastor the Minneapolis Southview Church in 1987. After six years as pastor for Southview, he became the Trust director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day-Adventists. As Trust director, he became well known around the conference for his dedication and integrity.
When Bill retired from the position of Trust director in 2005, he and his wife, Frances relocated to Punta Gorda Florida where he volunteered as an administrative pastor at the Port Charlotte SDA church.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Votava Wilson; daughter Tralese Wilson Syvertson (Paul) of Anoka, Minnesota; son, James Wilson (Darcie) of Cambridge, Wisconsin; grandsons Jamie Syvertson, Chad Wilson, and Conner Wilson; granddaughters Morgan Wilson and Melissa Syvertson; nephews, Leland Y Wilson Jr. and Kifford L Wilson; and nieces Janice Wilson Clark and Laurie L Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland C Wilson; mother, Edith Yelland Wilson; brother, Leland Y Wilson; and grandson, Ian Paul Syvertson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Port Charlotte Adventist School. (PCAS), 2100 Loveland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida 33980.
Phil Lane, Southview SDA Church
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