Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1950 RJC

Tommy Wilson THOMAS ALBERT "TOM" WILSON lovingly known as "Tom" went to his heavenly home surrounded and loved by his family on Sept. 19, 2016 in Marble Falls, TX. He was the son of Thomas Lamar & Abbie (Thompson) Wilson and was born in Ranger, TX on March 25, 1933. He grew up in the dusty West Texas town of Ranger where he graduated from high school playing football, basketball, and baseball, and then to Ranger Jr. College where he was a cheerleader. He always said he was the smartest guy on campus compared to the football, basketball and baseball jocks because he ALWAYS had the girls around him as a cheerleader. He couldn't do much other than a forward roll, but that didn't stop him from having fun! He later went to North Texas State (now known as University of North Texas) in Denton where he was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and received his Bachelor in Business Administration. After graduating from college, he served in the U.S. Army for two years at the end of the Korean war. He didn't see action, but said he served proudly at whatever he was asked to do. Upon moving back to Texas after the military, he settled in Ft. Worth where he fell in love with the TCU Horned Frogs watching any and every sporting event they had. He loved the Horned Frogs the rest of his life. He was also an avid Texas Ranger fan long before they were even good. Many afternoons you would find him at the old Ranger stadium baking himself in the hot sun just to watch the pro team he dearly loved. He was also a Dallas Cowboys fan during the Tom Landry days, but then again, who wasn't a fan back then? He went on to work in the music industry selling pianos and organs for over 45 years retiring with Yamaha Corporation. He traveled across the country and abroad extensively. He absolutely loved all things music & being around those that wrote and performed the songs as he always appreciated any type of music from Tony Bennett to Willie Nelson. Tom also loved to dance and laugh while enjoying a good musical tune. As a matter of fact, he was enjoying doing the Hula dance and Limbo at a Hawaiian Luau while cutting up with his friends at Arbor House on the Friday before he passed away. Having fun until the last possible minute! Being around so many notable people in the music industry and at all of the sporting events he attended, he started a $1 bill autograph collection with the likes of Bear Bryant, George "Iceman" Gervin, Both Bush Presidents, John Madden, Jack Lemmon, Earl Campbell, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kenny Loggins, Tommy Lasorda, Donna Douglas - "Elly Mae," Willie Nelson, Ken Rosewall, Ann Richards, Charlton Heston, Harry Carey, Brooks Robinson, Maynard Ferguson, Fats Domino; just to name a few. He always had $1 bills in his wallet just in case he saw someone that he didn?t have in his collection of hundreds of autographs. As his kids, we always had to check any money he gave to us out of his pocket to make sure it didn't have an autograph on it! He was also an avid tennis player with a group that played every week for years in the Ft. Worth area, and then managed to make their way over to Joe T Garcia's for food, fun, and lots of laughs. He always had a smile on his face, and a joke to liven any crowd. He never criticized or complained about things or people that came his way. Instead, he would find a way to make them laugh, smile, and simply enjoy life. He never met a stranger, and wanted to let you know you were special by knowing your name. He wanted everyone to feel loved and appreciated. He was also a trendsetter in many ways. He wore the color PINK long before any other man in America thought it was ok to wear. He wore anything pink - pink shirts, pink sweaters, pink jackets! He always looked very GQ sporting a pink Polo shirt with khaki pants, accessorized with argyle socks, and Cole Hahn loafers which he cherished and had revived many times. His most favorite "job" was lending a helping hand at Home Grown Plants in Farmersville, TX (wholesale/retail nursery that Gena & Albert Evans own) where he was known to water and tend to every plant in sight. He also tended to customers that came by helping them pick out the perfect items, toting them to the car all the while telling jokes and making them feel welcome. Of course - the consummate gentleman! He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law; Lisa & Rusty Crawford of Burnet, TX, Gena & Albert Evans of Garland, TX; grandchildren Jenni & Nathan Mattox of Burnet, TX, Mary Alex Crawford of Bastrop, TX, J.R. & Sarah Villanueva of McKinney, TX, Austin Villanueva of Garland, TX; great-grand- children Crawford & Gwen Mattox, Lia & Lilly Villanueva as well as countless forever friends.