Information taken from The Free State News, November 6, 1974, and from information given by son, Willie Wilson.
Transcribed by: Betty Miller 1999

Funeral services for Mrs. Belle Wilson, 107 years of age, of Edgewood were set for Friday at the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Edgewood with the Rev. J. R. Burnett officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of Howard-Lybrand Funeral Home of Wills Point.

A native of Smith County, she lived most of her life in Van Zandt, coming to Edgewood the first Sunday in 1924 with her nine children. She was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church and a housewife. Just before she passed away she was just as alert both physically and mentally as she had ever been. When she took to her bed she told one of her sons that she didn’t hurt and wasn’t sick she was just worn out. She passed away very quietly. "Aunt Belle" as she was affectionately called had all her teeth and the doctor told her he believed they were pearls.

Two boys and two girls preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Willie Wilson of Edgewood, who worked for 30 years for the T & P Railroad, and Philip Wilson of California. Three daughters, Mrs. Allie Davis of Gladewater, Mrs. Ethel Bosticof Lindale, and Mrs. Stella Randle of Dallas; two sisters, 44 grand children, 71 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great grandchild and seven great-great-great-great-grandchildren.

Transcriber’s note: descendants of Mrs. Wilson still live in Edgewood and have served their community as school board members, dedicated church members, and all around assets to the community. Willie Wilson passed away in 1999 in Edgewood at the approximate age of 94 years.

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