On July 19, 2023, Cliffell Jeffrey Wilson peacefully left this world surrounded by his grandchildren, children and wife in Waxahachie, TX.
He was born on July 27, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas to Robert Olan Wilson and Lois Julia Summerlin. As a young boy he found his love of drawing, painting and music. Cliff graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1961. In 1964 he joined the United States Air Force where he served as an Air Policeman. He was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines until 1966 when he transferred to Wunstorf Air Base in Germany. It was there in an NCO club that he met his forever girlfriend, Iris Feldmann. They fell in love and on November 3, 1967 they married. In 1968 they moved to Texas and that May they welcomed their first child Laura Christine Wilson and in August of 1975 their son Robert Eric Wilson.
Cliff worked as a machinist for a number of years at Larkin and Joy Industries. In the late 80's he graduated from Navarro College on the Presidents List with a degree in Computer Science. He was known by his many other names such as Sonny, Smiley, Jeff, Daddy and Papa and boyfriend. Cliff loved playing the guitar and listening to rock & roll, outlaw country and the blues. He also enjoyed gardening, telling stories, camping, traveling with his wife and most of all being Papa.
He is preceded in death by his parents Olan and Lois Wilson, sister Lucille Bonner, and brother R.O. Wilson. He is survived by his wife Iris Wilson of Waxahachie, sisters Marie Smith of Keene, Texas and Estelle Braun of Scammon, Kansas. Sister-in-laws Kirsten AbouZeid, Anne Saffran, and brother -in-law Jochen Feldmann, all from Germany. Daughter Chrissie Taylor and spouse Heath, and son Bobby Wilson, all of Waxahachie. Grandchildren Madison Power and spouse Evan, Rance Taylor, Lily
Wilson and Olan Wilson. Great grandchildren Ruby and Lola Power. Also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his classmates of 1961.
Many thank to Bristol Hospice for their kindness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Orange Out, a local non-profit and faith based foundation in which the purpose is to help families going through childhood cancer.http://www.orangeout.org