Vester Ray Wilson, 79, of West End passed on Friday, March 13, 2020, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.  

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Boles Funeral Home in Seven Lakes. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Middle Cross Baptist Church in West End, with the Rev. David Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery.  

Mr. Wilson was born April 5, 1940, in Moore County, to the late Vester Garland Wilson and Helen Louise (Freeman) Wilson. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1977.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Karen Diane (Kamhout) Wilson, in December 2018.

He is survived by a son, Jimmy Wilson and wife Pu, of Linden; a daughter, Raeann Dettloff and husband, Myron, of Florida; two brothers, Mike Wilson and wife, Sharon, of South Carolina, and Reggie Wilson and wife, Ruby, of West End; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to Middle Cross Baptist Church.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes.