Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Childersburg, Alabama - Theotis Edward Wilson, 72, a U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran was a longtime resident of Childersburg, Alabama. He departed this life on January 15, 2024, in the comfort of his home and presence of his family. Theotis, (“Theo”, “Ace”, “Rope”) as he was affectionately called was known to many throughout the area. He was born to Virginia Wilson Lockhart on July 18, 1951. Theotis professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined with the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Alabama where he was a member of the male chorus, and he also assisted in the church kitchen /hospitality area when he was needed for special occasions.
He was a 1968 graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army on April 14, 1971. As a Specialist Four (SP4) in the U.S. Army, Theotis first reported for Basic Training to Fort Rucker, Alabama. He then went on to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT). He was offered a position as a sniper, but he chose duty as a medic instead. From there, Theotis then reported for active service in Vietnam. Theotis rarely shared stories about his service in the U.S. Army or Vietnam, just bits and pieces during certain times. However, he was proud to have served for our country. Until his health failed, he always participated in Veteran activities and wore as well as displayed his various service paraphernalia with pride. After his tour of duty, Theotis went on to receive his AA in Radio/TV repair as well as his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Emergency Medical Paramedic from Nunnelly State Technical College, now known as Central Alabama Community College. During his career path, Theotis had employment with Sylacauga Hospital and worked part time with the Sylacauga Ambulance Service as an EMT. Then Theotis was employed at Bowater formerly Kimberly Clark in Childersburg where he retired after numerous years.
Upon his return home from service, Theotis met and united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Levelma Longmile (Wilson) on May 15, 1976. They enjoyed traveling together, dining at various restaurants, wearing matching outfits and Auburn University football. He was proud to tell anyone that with four of his nephews and a niece graduating from Auburn University he had a right to cheer for Auburn. Theotis absolutely loved Auburn football.
Theotis was preceded in death by his wife, Levelma; mother, Virginia Wilson Lockhart; grandparents, Ernest and Bertha Wilson and brother, Marvin Wilson. He leaves to cherish and appreciate the many precious memories and mourn his passing, a daughter Lanessa Sheree Cook whom he lovingly called “Ree Ree”; five grandchildren Herbert “Tre” Armer III, Marcellus Johnson, Paradise Johnson, Kash Johnson and Princess Johnson, all of Birmingham, AL; two brothers, George Wilson, Marty (Marian) Wilson; six Sisters, Marie Borden, Marion (Ulysses) Threatt Jr., Vanessa (Henry Joe) Scott, Margaret (Dexter) McElrath, Marsha (Antonio) Threatt, and ALexis Lockhart all of Sylacauga, Alabama; two aunts, Mary Frances Walker and Willie Bell Wilson also of Sylacauga; a host of devoted nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Celebration of life for Theotis Edward Wilson, 72, will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at11:00 AM at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Sylacauga, Alabama. Pastor Clifton Cook, Eulogist. Interment will commence in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery, Sylacauga, Alabama. Public Viewing will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024, 1:00PM to 7:00PM at Community Funeral Home.