Dr. Gerald Thomas Wilson, 82, of Benton passed away on July 11, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital.
Gerald Wilson, born and raised in Jonesboro and a Navy veteran of the Korean War, was a 1958 graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He later graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Master of Science degree in physiology, and received a Ph.D. in genetics from Kansas State University.
He also completed post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee Medical School and post-graduate work in immunology from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wilson served on the faculty of Arkansas State University, Kansas State University, Abilene Christian University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and was dean of science and mathematics for 12 years at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, while serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.
He also served as medical education manager for Schering Corp., an international pharmaceutical company in Kenilworth, NJ.
Gerald was active in the Church of Christ in the various places he lived and was currently a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton.
Dr. Wilson was selected as “Boss of the Year” in Tyler, Texas, in 1987 and was the recipient of a Master Teacher designation by the University of Texas, Austin, in 1992. During his professional career, Dr. Wilson was a member of Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs, and a past member of Genetics Society of America, America Society of Microbiology, New York Academy of Science, and Texas Academy of Science.
He was preceded in death by Jeanette Wilson, his loving wife of 59 years; his parents, Herbert Quincy Wilson and Phareta Pauline Wilson of Jonesboro; one sister, Marilla Gill; and two brothers, Herbert Wilson and Joe Wilson.
Survivors include his brother, the Rev. J. Leon Wilson; two sons, John M. Wilson (Susan) of Benton, and G. David Wilson (Denise) of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Aaron Wilson (Suzanne) of Cary N.C., Christie Pinney (Dr. Ted) of Bryant, and Julie Bittle (Matthew) of Benton, Melanie Jones (Colt), Brian Wilson, Brett Wilson, Lauren Dunlap and Alyssa Dunlap, all of Dallas; nine great-grandchildren, Chelsea Wilson, Bryce Wilson, Tyler Pinney, Tatum Pinney, Jackson Bittle, Molly Bittle, Brayden Wilson, Cohen Seaman and Gentry Jones; and many family members and friends, all of whom loved him and will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home, 4212 Hwy. 5 North, Bryant, on Sunday, July 14.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Jonesboro at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Northside Church of Christ, 917 N. East St., Benton, AR 72015; or Hot Springs Concert Band, P.O. Box 8667, Hot Springs, AR 71909.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com .