George Robert Wilson of Campbellsville, the son of the late Fleece and Catherine (Shipp) Wilson was born October 29, 1936 in Indianapolis, Indiana and departed this life on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 in Lebanon at the Springview Hospital. He was 85 years of age.
He was a former employee of Fruit of the Loom in Campbellsville, having retired after 46 years and was of the Baptist Faith.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and UK Basketball.
George joined the Taylor County Fire Department in 1967, and in 1970 he became Chief of the department. He held that office until retiring in 2021 and held the office of DES/EM Director also for over fifty years.
In 2017 a new facility was built on Greensburg Road and was dedicated in the honor of Mr. Wilson.
George helped build the old firehouse downtown; he solicited money from businesses and the general public and organized volunteers to erect the structure.
George was instrumental with many other parts with the fire department, including starting the membership dues fund which help offset operating expenses, securing funding for PPE, fire trucks, equipment, and the new fire house, and worked tirelessly during each Crusade for Children and the annual pancake breakfasts.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Sondra Harris; two brothers: David Wilson and Charles Lester Wilson; and a great-grandchild.
Survivors include his wife: Linda (Cravens) Wilson; his children: Dewayne (Terry Lile) Wilson, Brent (Bobbie) Irwin, Cathy Wilson all of Campbellsville, Velisa King of Alabama, Georgeanna Grant of Harrodsburg, Bridget (Nate Johnson) York of Bowling Green and
Robin (Brandon) Lewis of Columbia; a sister: Lillie Ann Whitaker of Campbellsville.
Also surviving are his grandchildren: Jessica Loveland, Malissa (Justin Graves) Clemons, Lane Irwin, Ethan Irwin, Ethan Irwin, Autumn Key, Curtis Wade Key, Channing (Josh) Wall, Shelby Grant, Landon Irwin, Melody Irwin, Madilynn Grant, Tabitha Grant, Logan Cook, Sarah Cook, Kelsay Cook, Roslin (Josh) Smith, Morgan Spoon, Bodie Lewis, Dustin Ivie, Jake Grider and Ashley Smith and thirteen great-grandchildren.
The funeral service for George Robert Wilson will be Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home with entombment in the Campbellsville Memorial Gardens with fireman honors at the conclusion.