Robert W. Wilson, 97, of Orange died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26 at North Orange Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow at Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly, La. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Sopher, Okla. on July 1, 1913, Robert was the son of Ben R. and Mary (Brittain) Wilson. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. Robert was a member of North Orange Baptist Church, V.F.W. Post 4759 in Starks, La. and the American Legion in Vinton, La.

He was preceded in death by his grandsons, Johnny Glenn Jr. and Christopher Wilson; and son-in-law, John Glenn.

Robert is survived by his wife, Ruth Wilson of Orange; daughters, May Glenn of Rowlett, Alice Granhold of Plano, Debbie Mata and her husband, Willie of Houston; and son, Ben Wilson of Orange.

He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Tamara Glenn, Tommy, Ronnie and Eric Granhold, Servaundo Mata, Jillena Flores, Isaiah Mata, Angie Perkins and Ben Wilson Jr.; and nine great-grandchildren, Baileigh Perkins, Elliot Perkins, Isaiah Mata, Zack, Maddie, and Jake Granhold, Auriana Mata, Gianna Mata-Flores and Alexandra McCay.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy Granhold, Ronnie Granhold, Eric Granhold, Servaundo Mata, Isaiah Mata, Ben Wilson Jr., Mickail Gould, Glyn Perkins.

The family wishes to thank Tommy and Donna Glenn and Linda Gould for their friendship and support.