Maurice Wilson Obituary (1929 – 2022) – Charlotte, NC
November 27, 1929 – March 5, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina – Maurice Henry Wilson Jr., the only child of the late Maurice Henry Wilson Sr. and Mary Louise Polen Wilson, was born at Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital on November 27, 1929. The total bill for ten days for the mother and baby was $67.50.
Maurice died at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Southminster on March 5, 2022.
When Maurice was seven, his family moved to Cottage Place where he was enrolled in Eastover Elementary School. Shortly after they moved, he began filling his cart with ice cream and Pepsi Cola to sell to construction workers building new homes in Eastover. He played in the woods that stretched from his home to Middleton Drive and in the creek where the Currency Museum grounds now stand.
Maurice’s work history in his youth mirrors Charlotte’s story. He wore the Charlotte Observer, sold menswear in the basement of the Belk department store on Tryon Street, sold the Saturday Evening Post door to door, helped with the accounts at Charlotte Pump & Lighting, worked for Goode Construction Company in running errands and hosing down the fresh concrete. at night when the Sears store in North Tryon was under construction. He worked in the basement of the old Carnegie Library downtown, helping Miss Ring erase the spines of books where she had inked the Dewey Decimal System.
He was part of Boy Scout Troop No. 3 at Little Church on the Lane. For years he served as an altar boy at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
Maurice is a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1948, and UNC Chapel Hill. After a bout with mononucleosis interrupted his freshman year, he returned home, recovered, and worked briefly for the Allison Erwin Company. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and returned to graduate from UNC in 1957. He was a business major and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta as a sales representative for Armstrong Cork Company. Later, he was transferred to Dallas, Texas, where he met his future wife, Marilyn (Dede) Wilson. They married in 1965. After several years in Dallas, they returned to Charlotte in 1967 to make it their permanent home.
In Charlotte, Maurice purchased and operated Query, Spivey, McGee, a food, seed and garden supply store at 600 South College Street. In 1984, when College Street needed to be widened, making parking prohibitive, he sold the building and retired. The retreat did not last. In 1988, Maurice founded Sweet Charlotte, Ltd., a company distributing gourmet frozen desserts to restaurants, hotels and caterers throughout Piedmont.
At various times, Maurice was a golfer, beekeeper and runner. He loved spending weeks in the summer at Pawley’s Island. A member of Christ Episcopal Church, he sang in the parish choir and served as an usher.
Maurice was a calm man, with a tender character, beloved by his family. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Coco Wilson; two sons, Edward Maurice Wilson and his wife Victoria Shiroma Wilson, and David Ashton Wilson and his wife Kathleen Gray; three granddaughters, Waverly Naomi Wilson, Whitney Mika Wilson and Westerly Mia Wilson. He was predeceased by his daughter, Amy Dodds Wilson, in 1988.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday March 10, 2022 in Southminster. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross or to a recipient of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are in the custody of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.
Published by Charlotte Observer on March 8, 2022.