|David L. Wilson driving our horse-drawn
W. Leroy & Glenda E. Frasier Wilson began working in the
funeral business in 1964. Many "dates" were spent driving to casket
warehouses to pick-up a casket. They married in 1965 and lived next
door to the funeral home.
Glenda worked at a local insurance office while Leroy went to
embalming school at John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in
Nashville, Tennessee. It took 5 years for Leroy to serve his
apprenticeship and get his funeral directors and embalmers license
making a grand total of $1.90 per hour. Leroy took a part-time job
driving a tractor-trailor truck making $5.37 an hour. The
opportunity came in 1976 to purchase part interest in a local
funeral home about one mile from where the Wilsons began their
funeral service career.
Leroy continued to work part time in the trucking industry while
Glenda worked full-time at the funeral home. The partner became
sick and the funeral home name was changed to W.L. Wilson &
Sons Funeral Home in 1977. Their sons, Walter Dewayne Wilson born
in 1967 and David LaBron Wilson born in 1970, were raised in the
funeral home and ambulance business.
It didn't take long for Leroy & Glenda to realize that the
previous owners had not handled business affairs in the correct
manner. They found themselves with a $360,000.00 indebtness. This
did not include the daily operations and mortgage on the building
and property. Knowing that God had directed their paths in every
area of their lives-they had prayed and knew that He would continue
to direct them. There were many heartaches, hardships and hard
times but God was faithful.
It took 17 years to pay the debt and have things on a 30 day
basis. In August of 2001, the Wilsons purchased 3 area funeral
homes, J. Avery Bryan Chapel in Chickamauga, GA, Wallis-Stewart
Funeral Home in Ringgold, GA and LaFayette Funeral Home in
God has blessed us abundantly, above and beyond, more than we
could have ever asked or thought. Our goal from the begining has
been and remains to have The Lord first in our lives and business
and to serve people.