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March 16, 1950 ~ July 31, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Mr. O’Warrenton Wilson was born on March 16, 1950, in Sylacauga, Alabama to the late Leo Frank Wilson and Vera Mae Jemison Wilson. O’Warrenton confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and united with Harper Spring Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Alabama under the leadership of Rev. H.E. Echoes.
Warrenton was a trailblazer, he attended Robert Russell Moton High School in Sycamore, Alabama until the 10 th grade. Then, when public school desegregation was lifted, he transferred to B. B. Comer High School in Sylacauga, Alabama where he was one in a handful of Black students, to complete his secondary education.
He continued his higher learning at Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama where he was “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”, editor of the “Talladega Student”, 1972 AMISTAD staff, and Daily Home Reporter. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. After graduation, O’Warrenton moved to New Jersey where he worked and retired from the State of New Jersey Pension and Disability Department.
He loved gardening just like his mom and developed an impressive blooming rock garden at the family home in Sylacauga. He also loved flowers, antiques, designs and different fabric textures that were prominently displayed in his New Jersey home through meticulous placement of mirrors, pictures, different fabrics, lighting, and furniture. He was a large presence when entering any room.
Warrenton departed this life on July 31, 2023. He is preceded in death by his father, Leo Frank Wilson, his mother, Vera Mae Jemison Wilson, three brothers, John Frank Wilson, James William Wilson and Charles Harris Wilson.
Memories of his life will be cherish by two brothers, George (Carrie) Wilson of Lakewood, California, Jerry Wilson of Sylacauga, Alabama, three sisters, Barbara (Sam) Davis of Gardena, California, Loregenia (Wes) Geter of Fayetteville, Georgia, Vanissa (John) Work of Magnolia, Delaware and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.