Avalon H. “Mackie” Wilson traveled from his earthly life into his eternal home on Sunday, December 29th at 2:35 a.m. after an extended bout with LEWY Body Disease. The son of the late Andrew Wilson and Sue Belle McIntyre Wilson and the husband of Katie Green Wilson, his spouse of 60 years.
A disciple of Christ, Avalon confessed his hope in Jesus Christ at an early age. He united with the First Baptist Church, Georgetown, KY., under the pastorage of Rev. Harrison Nutter where he served in many capacities to include the Deacon Board and later as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus, the Men’s , Pastor’s and Mass Choirs and as a driver of the bus Ministry. He was a member of the Missionary Society, a Sunday School Teacher, and later becoming the Sunday School Superintendant. He helped to found the Royal Ambassador auxilliary. He was very active in the Consolidated Baptist District Association and BTU Convention, where he served as a messenger, delegate and as Chairman of the Laymen. He served until his health procluded him from being physically active, but even in his illnes, he was able to minister and encourage all who came to visit him.
His early education was completed at Ed Davis High School, where he was a linebacker for the Mud Turtles football team. He later attended the Kentucky State University in Frankfort continuing his football career there as well.
Upon entering in the U.S. Army, he served in the Korean Conflict. After ending his Military career, Avalon courted and wed Katie Greene. He was employed by the Narcotic as a nurses aid, and later as an Industry supervisor after the facility transitioned into the Federal Correctional Institute until retirement.
In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Avalon was a founding member of the sought after Houserocker’s Band that was Georgetown-based and well known throughout Central Kentucky. Known for his rich bass vocals, he also played bass fiddle and the bass guitar with the group who recorded two 45 R&B singles. The group was a regular on the Belle of Louisville. Georgetown native, David Jackson, is the lone survivor of that group.
With farming as his second vocation, he farmed many years raising tobacco, vegetable crops and livestock. Always willing to share his talents in a teaching opportunity, he allowed children of the community to take part in the farming process, providing an abundantly fair “income” for his little helpers.
As a loving member of his community, the Boston area of Georgetown, he became a leader for the boy scout Troup 304 when African American boys were not allowed to join the established Troops in the white community. He opened a community Center to provide music and games in a youth oriented atmosphere. Avalon looked after the elderly in the community by providing lawn care, running errands, providing financial assistance, and housing for families when needed. He was also a founding member of Seven Enterprises, a group of African American men formed to build affordable housing to assist low income families of Georgetown in the purchase their own homes.
In addition to his devoted wife, he leaves to cherish his memory in his homegoing, two sons, Ronald Wilson, Kevin Wilson, and one daughter, Denise (Gerry) Harris , all of Georgetown. Abundantly blessed with 10 grandchildren, including Michelle Persley, Derek (Sumaya) Wilson of Texas, Ronda Simmons, of Winchester, KY, Darrell Wilson, Lexington; Jessica Harris, Avalon” Jaiz” Wilson, Danielle Olivia Harris, Avalon Chase Wilson, Christiana Harris, and Malik I. M. Wilson, all of Georgetown. Seven Great-grandsons have been born this date to continue his legacy. Avalon also leaves two brothers, David (Alice Marita) Wilson, Kenneth (Dorotheia) Wilson, one brother-in-law William E. Peters, and a host of nieces and nephews. Four sisters proceeded him in death, including Virginia Cotton, Juanita Fishback, Betty McDonald and J.P. Peters. And a host of nieces nephews and friends.