History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

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 LaFayette, GA.

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.



Our Valued Staff

W. Leroy & Glenda Wilson

W. Leroy & Glenda Wilson, Founders

W. Leroy & Glenda E. Frasier Wilson began working in the funeral business in 1964. 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-trailer 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.
Leroy is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Georgia and Tennessee as well as a licensed insurance agent and Emergency Medical Technician. He and Mrs Wilson have served on many area state and local advisory boards, and are very active in their community and church.


Mr. David LaBron Wilson

Mr. David LaBron Wilson, Vice-President

David is the youngest son of Leroy & Glenda and has grew up in the family business since age six. He is a graduate of Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School Class of 1988. He attended Walker Technical College and received his Emergency Medical Technician's license in 1988 from the State of Georgia. He graduated from Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in 1991 and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Georgia. David is the Vice-President of Wilson Funeral Homes and is the manager of the LaFayette Chapel. David is also a certified crematory operator. David married his childhood sweetheart Monica Joy O'Neal in June of 1991. They reside in ChickamaUGA, Georgia with their four children: Spencer, Shelby, Speshal Joy and Splendor Pearl Wilson. Along with spending time with his family, he is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Junior Church Leader and on the Men's Ministry Team. He is the former Chairman of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce and is active serving their community through various organizations. David is a avid Georgia Bulldawgs fan, enjoys riding all kinds of motorcycles, boating and fishing.


Mr. Robbie Robertson

Mr. Robbie Robertson, General Manager

Robbie helps coordinate and manage the daily operations of the four chapels of Wilson Funeral Homes. He works behind the scenes to coordinate the necessary staffing and resources to make each chapel successful in providing the care that the families that we serve deserve. Robbie is a graduate of Rossville High School Class of 1975. He is the proud father of five children: Robbie Lee, Kris, Jessica, Chase and Lexis. He resides in Chickamauga, Georgia is a avid Georgia Bulldawgs fan and Cinncinatti Reds fan. Robbie is involved in many civic and charitable causes and serves past and present on numerous committees and boards including local government in his home town of Chickamauga, GA.


Mr. Terry R. Clinton

Mr. Terry R. Clinton, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer/Manager of the Ringgold Chapel

Terry is a veteran member of the Wilson Funeral Home team. He is an experienced Funeral Director, Embalmer, and certified crematory operator, taking great care and pride in each task he preforms.
Terry and his wife Cecilia make their home in Tunnel Hill, GA.


Mr. Steven A. Hornsby Jr.

Mr. Steven A. Hornsby Jr., FSA/Manager of the Ft. Oglethorpe Chapel

Steve is an apprentice GA Funeral Director, licensed TN Funeral Director, licensed insurance agent and certified crematory operator. He and his wife Melisa help produce many of our tribute DVDs.
Steve and Melisa make their home in Chickamauga, GA.


Mr. Bo Pace

Mr. Bo Pace, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer/Manager of the Chickamauga Chapel

Bo is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer. He is also a licensed insurance agent, certified crematory operator, and Paramedic.
He and his wife Amy help produce many of our tribute DVDs.
They make their home in Chickamauga, GA and are members of Peavine Baptist Church in Rock Spring.


Mr. Eric Huggins

Mr. Eric Huggins, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Eric is a Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer. He is also a licensed insurance agent, and a certified crematory operator. Eric is the owner and operator of Calvary Funeral Services Inc. providing services to families throughout the Southeast.
He and his wife Brandy make their home in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA and are members of Covenant Worship Center.


Dr. Jimmy Spurling

Dr. Jimmy Spurling, Aftercare/Grief Counselor

Jimmy is an ordained minister in the field of Christian Counseling. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Christian Counseling from Covington Theological Seminary and is a Trained Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute. He has 30 years combined experience in the Fire/Police/EMS field.
Jimmy facilitates our Grief Recovery Support Group called "My Grief Journey". For more information about this free service, visit www.mygriefjourney.com
Jimmy is available to meet any family the funeral home serves.
Jimmy and his wife Vickie make their home in Ringgold, GA. and are members of Peavine Baptist Church.


Mr Keith James

Mr Keith James, Funeral Director and Embalmer


Tim Pinson

Tim Pinson, Funeral Director and Embalmer