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Published on: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Joseph Samuel Wilson  

Joseph Samuel Wilson, 88, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away peacefully at home the morning of February 6, 2011. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, March 5, 1924, to Idella Elsie Wilson and Joseph Samuel Wilson.  After high school graduation from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in MD, Joe entered Western Maryland College but was called to active military duty during World War II as a member of the 8th Air Force.  As a B-17 ball turret gunner, his plane was shot down over Germany where he spent 9 months as a prisoner of war.   After liberation he returned to Western Maryland where he earned an education degree and married Anne Murphy, his wife of 65 years.

Joe spent his professional career dedicated to helping young people as a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor for Montgomery County Schools, Rockville Maryland.

He is survived by wife Anne Murphy Wilson of St. Augustine, sons Joseph Wilson and wife Cheryl of Spencer, West Virginia; James Wilson and wife Janet of Parker, Colorado; daughter Laura Newbourne and husband Paul of Pittsburgh, PA; half-brother Ronald Pullen of Annapolis, MD, and half-sister Sue Ann Patterson of Peachtree, GA;  he is also survived by 5 grandchildren.

A longtime Episcopalian, Joe practiced his faith with those of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine.  In addition, he was a member of the Montgomery Lodge No. 195, AF & AM and the Montgomery Commandery, No. 13 Knights Templar. 

A memorial service was held 10:00 AM on Friday, February 10, 2012, at Craig Funeral Home. Final interment will take place in the future at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2391 Bryan Tutten Memorial Post, 6184 US Highway 1 S, Saint Augustine, FL 32086-7683 or Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 Saint George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4410.

Craig Funeral Home www.craigfuneralhome.com Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

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