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PAMPA — Marion T. Wilson, 89, of Pampa died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Bishop Catham Beer of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Tooele, Utah, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Wilson was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Gasoline to Otis and Ruth Bradshaw Wilson. He graduated from Quitaque High School in 1940 and farmed until he was inducted into the Army in 1943. He spent three years and 21 days in the service, all with the 782nd Tanker Battalion. He traveled to 29 states, Mexico and seven European countries while in the service. He married Reba Gowin on Jan. 26, 1949, in Pampa. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1996, after 47 years, nine months and nine days of marriage. He later married Mary Joyce Pinckard on Oct. 4, 1999.

Mr. Wilson farmed for 10 years after the war. He worked for Phillips Petroleum in Borger and at Celanese Corporation in Pampa for 27 years until he retired on Feb. 1, 1985. He had been a resident of Pampa most of his life until moving to Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home in Amarillo in October 2010.

Mr. Wilson enjoyed wood crafts, traveling and western music and loved the Jamborees at Silverton and Turkey. He loved the beauty in every state. He enjoyed his Army reunions with the 782nd Tanker Battalion. He will be remembered for his loyalty and faithfulness. He loved his many friends, his church, his country, his home and life itself. His last words were, “Thank you.”

He also was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Mildred, Morris and Maynard; and a stepgrandson, Henry Dennison.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wilson; three stepdaughters, Elaine Dennison and husband Harold of Tucson, Ariz., Lynda Hume and husband Bruce of Jefferson and Kim Beer and husband Steve of Grapevine; 12 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great-grandchildren; two cousins, David Bradshaw and wife Bonnie of Amarillo and Tom Bradshaw of Groom; a niece, Linda Fowler and husband Wayne of Plainview; and a nephew.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

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