Dec. 2, 1948 – Feb. 5, 2020
Jan R. Wilson (aka Whyllson), folk artist, writer and poet, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at the age of 71 beginning a new journey.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, 714 Park Avenue, Union Point. Rev. Deborah Griffith officiated.
Jan was born Dec. 2, 1948 and was blessed to be raised by wonderful parents, Lona Mae Lucky Wilson and Aubrey Gresham (Duke) Wilson in Moundville, AL and a lifelong partner, Shirley Ann Odom. From the beginning she recognized she was “a bit” different. Though she wanted to dig into her mounds, a 1000-year-old Mississippian Complex, she was more suited to the arts, first as a dramatist, then as a teacher. She was trained in every form of the arts but found herself in painting folk art of rural downtowns. From childhood, her mother read the great poets to her. She naturally grew from them the spirit of Prosey. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Alabama, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in Acting and Directing and a Master of Education in English. Jan had a deep love for her Savior Jesus Christ and was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Union Point, where she was a Sunday School teacher of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class and a member of the choir. She was on the Church Board as the secretary, a member of the United Methodist Women and a member of the Tuesday morning Bible Study where she also taught. She was also a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Greensboro Art Alliance and founding member of Arts Development Council of GA. She volunteered in many capacities serving others. She influenced the lives of many children through her teaching in Clarke, Morgan and Greene Counties. Jan wrote a weekly column in the Greensboro Herald Journal entitled Seasons Songs for more than thirty years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lona Mae Lucky and Aubrey G. Wilson of Moundville, AL.
Survivors include, Shirley Odom, lifelong partner, of Greensboro; nephews, Joe L. Edenfield (Patty) of Martinez, Robert Edenfield (Sue) of Waynesboro, GA and Rob McGuire of Gig Harbor, WA; nieces, Barbara Jenkins of Sardis, Jacquelyn Edenfield (David McIntyre) of Savannah, Meredith McGuire of El Cerrito, CA, and Shelly McGuire of Huntsville, AL; other special family members, Margaret Lucky McGuire of Oakland, CA, Jan Lucky-Thompson of Cornville, AZ, Ann Poe, and Blanche Johnston; a special friend, Mona Villa of Greensboro; and a number of other relatives and friends.
The family request that any memorials be made to the Union Point Methodist Church for the General Fund, UMCOR Missions or the United Methodist Women Missions.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.