June 22, 1970 - October 10, 2019
Otis Leon Wilson was born into an active duty military family to Otis N. and Lillie Pearl Wilson in Columbus, Georgia on June 22, 1970. The Wilson family got stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Otis attended the Wiesbaden American Middle School and General H. H. Arnold High School. Otis made many life long friends while in Wiesbaden.
The Wilsons moved back to the States 1985, in time for Otis' Sophomore year. He attended Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, graduating with the Class of 1988. Otis had a family, and eventually moved to Burlington, North Carolina.
Otis got married to Teresa on July 6, 2016.
Otis & Teresa
Otis with his Grandson
We remember Otis as a kind, thoughtful, devoted friend and family man who treasured his loved ones. Otis shared some of his favorite quotes on social media and we're sharing them here to honor Otis, and because they show the kind of thoughtfulness he brought to the people who crossed his path...
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I will cause you to walk in the straight way...
I will open to you the gates of righteousness...
for whoever finds Me, finds life - Psalm 118:19; Proverbs. 8: 35-6
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-Edward Everett Hale
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. - Nelson Mandela
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. - Maya Angelou
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Master Yoda