Thomas Carl Wilson Sr.

Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | January 30, 2023

Thomas Carl Wilson Sr. of Smithdale, Pennsylvania died peacefully at home on January 18, 2023.  He was born in Fitz Henry, Pennsylvania on March 2, 1933.

He was the son of William Lloyd Wilson Sr and Florence Lydia Miller Wilson, the grandson of LaRoyal Wilson Sr/ Marcella Boone and David Miller/Parthenia Reeves, David Miller was born a slave in Virginia.  He is survived by his wife Gloria Dixon Wilson of Smithdale, daughters, Yvonne Carol Riley of Pittsburgh, Prudence Diane Norman of Pittsburgh, Nicola Jean Houston of Smithdale; sons Rev. Thomas Carl Wilson Jr (Jeanette) of Macon, Georgia, Kenneth Edward Wilson of Smithdale, Joseph Daryl Wilson (Theresa) of Indianapolis, and Dwayne Earl Wilson of Pittsburgh; sister Gladys Maria Isbell of Silver Springs, Maryland, and brothers David LaRoyal Wilson of McKeesport and John Albert Wilson of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren (Shannon, Christopher, Lauren, Chantel, Jasmine, Molly, AJ, Alysha, Joey, Morgan, Caitlyn, and Timothy) and 8 great-grandchildren (Carson, Lyric, Tori, CeeJay, Roman, Karter, Gabby, and Leighton).  He was preceded in death by his parents William Lloyd Wilson Sr and Florence Lydia Miller, brothers James Edward Wilson, William Lloyd Wilson Jr, and Kenneth Jerome Wilson, sisters Mary Ellen Wilson, Florence Miller Abbott, and Doris Jean Farmer, and grandson Ian Joseph Riley.

Thomas was raised in Fitz Henry, Pennsylvania where he was baptized at St. James Baptist Church.  Thomas attended South Huntington High School where he played football, and basketball, and sang in the choir.  He worked on the railroads and in the coal mines, even though he often said he would not work in the coal mines until they got windows.  He retired from Banning Mine #4 in West Newton, Pennsylvania; following in his father's and grandfather’s footsteps who were also coal miners.

Arrangements were in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

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Originally published January 30, 2023.

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