Jeff R. Wilson Obituary

Date of Death:

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Funeral Home:

Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park
2440 Whitten Road
Memphis, Tennessee, UNITED STATES


Jeff R. Wilson (Ol’ Coot), 74, of Memphis, TN, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, February 11, 2013. Born in Canton MS, Jeff was preceded in death by his parents Robert Connor and Ruth Wilson, his brother John Wilson, and sisters Ruth Wilson, Mary Jane Wilson and Martha Baker. He is survived by his son Scott Wilson (Phyllis), daughter Holly Thompson (Mark), brother Robert C. Wilson, Jr. (Bobbylee), and sisters, Dorothy Schrader, Elizabeth Carter, and Kay Grisanti (Ronnie). He also leaves behind his grandchildren Brad and Ryne Wilson, Kelly Jones (Dustin), Austin and Cameron Graeter, two great-grandchildren Chloe and Olivia Jones, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Known to many in the birding community as Ol’ Coot, Jeff spent much of his time outdoors searching for rare birds, conducting Christmas bird counts or leading groups on birding expeditions all over the world. He was a member of The Audubon Society and American Ornithological Society. Jeff was also a member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. His artwork has been shown at the Brooks Museum of Art and featured in the Commercial Appeal. A celebration of his life and love of nature will be held on Friday, February 15th, at Lichterman Nature Center located at 5992 Quince Road. Welcoming of family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. until noon followed by the sharing of favorite Jeff moments and memories from noon until 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Audubon Society, or Lichterman Nature Center.

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