Submitted by RI Dick Browning, Grand Recorder, Arkansas
MI Silas Melton Wilson, 1948-2019
PMIGM and Ambassador to Arkansas
Silas Melton Wilson of Sheridan, Arkansas was born July 6, 1948 in Sheridan, Arkansas, the son of the late Silas W. and Beulah J. Land Wilson. He had served in the United States Air Force and was a 1966 graduate of Sheridan High School, and in his spare time, enjoyed woodworking. Silas loved his family dearly, and they were the light of his life.
Silas was an active Freemason, a member and Past Master of Sheridan Lodge. He was very active in the York Rite in Pine Bluff serving as, Past High Priest Lafayette Chapter #7 RAM, Past Thrice Illustrious Master English Council #14 R&SM, Past Eminent Commander Damascus Commandery #8 KT. He was Past Excellent Chief of Harvey Mize Council #101 Knights Mason, Past President Order of High Priesthood, Past TIM and Secretary Arkansas Sword and Trowel. He was also a member of Red Cross of Constantine, Allied Masonic Degrees, Knight Templar Priests, Arkansas York Rite College, Bendemeer Grotto, Yeomeen of York, and the Royal Order of Scotland. He was Secretary of Past Commanders Association of Arkansas, and KYCH. He was a member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis
He served as a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. He was the Ambassador of the General Grand Council, Crytpic Masons International. For his service he had received the Pillar of Solomon Award of the Grand Lodge, and the Order of the Secret Vault from the General Grand Council, as well as the Gold Honor Award from the York Rite College. An active Scottish Rite Mason he was honored by receiving the 33⁰ in 2019.
He served as the MIPGM of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Arkansas and was currently the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Mason of Arkansas. He was formerly active in American Legion Post 30.
Mr. Wilson died Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home at the age of 71.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Goddard.
Survivors: his wife Patricia Milbourne Wilson of Sheridan; son and daughter in law, Aaron and Anita Wilson of Lufkin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Daniel Crutchfield of Prattsville; step-sons, Richard Warner of Benton, and Robert Warner of Mobile, Alabama; grandchildren, Kelsey (Brett) Crane, Danielle Crutchfield, Aaron Wilson, Abby Wilson, Anna Wilson, Ava Wilson; great grandson, Brady Crane; step-grandchildren, Brandan Warner, Brittney Warner, Myriam Warner, Dave Warner, Michael Warner; nephew, Ryan Goddard; niece, Renee (Jerry) Bonds.
Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 14, 2019 at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Sheridan with Bro. Billy Britt officiating. Burial will follow at Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan, with Masonic Rites conducted by Sheridan Masonic Lodge 260. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Ronald Frizzell, Paul Wilson, Charles Ferguson, James Dorsey, Dick Browning, and Steve Tiner. Honorary pallbearers will be All York Rite Bodies.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand York Rite, P.O. Box 3526, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.
Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan. www.memorialgardenssheridan.com