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Gary  Wilson

Gary Byrd Wilson

Saturday, January 1st, 1944 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Funeral services for Mr. Gary B. Wilson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball, Louisiana with Reverend Stewart Holloway and Justin Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home.

Visitation for Mr. Wilson will be on Friday July 31, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Gallagher Funeral Home.

Gary Wilson, 76 years old, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Alexandria. Gary leaves behind his loving wife, high school sweetheart and devoted partner for 58 years, Patricia Pfeifer Wilson. He is also survived by brothers Charles Wilson of Seymor, Missouri and Orville Wilson of Katy, Texas, sisters Doris Browning of Ball, Louisiana and Zellie Dech of Pineville as well numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents Reverend Charles C. and Ora B. Wilson, brother Oliver Wilson and sister Ernestine Wilson Malone.
Gary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. And, except for his service in the U.S. Army, he was a life-long resident of the area. He graduated from Pineville High School in 1962 and was a starter on the Pineville football team that won the 1960 Louisiana State Championship.
Over a career span of some 40 years, Gary developed a host of friends, contacts and acquaintances through-out the Alexandria-Pineville area.

Initially, following his military service, Gary worked as a pilot and flight instructor; he flew for various local charter air services, provided private pilot training and also worked as a corporate pilot. His flying career included employment at Baker Manufacturing Company which entailed various business trips across the U.S., Mexico and Canada, ferrying executives, customers and others including, at times, then Gov. of Louisiana, Edwin Edwards. Gary loved flying and those that knew him loved listening to his numerous stories and accounts of airplanes, people, places and things he encounter in that business.
Later in his career, Gary formed and operated GW Pipeline Co., a construction and maintenance business oriented to the oil and gas industry. This endeavor allowed him to follow another of his native interests, tractors and heavy equipment. And, it also allowed him to meet and work with many others as he completed various construction projects throughout central Louisiana.
Whether it was the pilots seat of an airplane, the operators seat on a back-hoe or merely the seat behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, Gary loved operating, and had a deep interest in understanding, all things mechanical. And, he also loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, dogs, camp fires and so on. In his prime, you would either find him working, outdoors enjoying nature or doing both.
But, equal to his career and hobbies, Gary also loved people and enjoyed laughing and talking with the many friends the developed over the years.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Gallagher Funeral Home
    Address
    3994 Monroe Hwy
    BALL, LA 71405
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  • Service

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    3994 Monroe Hwy.
    BALL, LA 71405
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Reverend Stewart Holloway
    Co-Celebrant
    Reverend Justin Vaughn
  • Interment

    Location
    Forest Lawn Memorial Park
    Address
    4000 Monroe Hwy.
    BALL, LA 71405
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Bryant Newman

Posted at 02:56am
I met Gary only once (at the anniversary of Charles and Betty). He was an all around good guy! RIP Gary.
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RAY WHITE

Posted at 10:53am
MR GARY WAS A VERY FAIR AND GOOD MAN ENJOYED WORKING FOR HIM DURING THE LIG PIPELINE ERA WILL KEEP FOND MEMORIES OF MR GARY LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY BLESS YOU MRS PAT. ME AND NELDA WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.
RAY WHITE
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The OMer Family

Posted at 07:14pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Peggy Waltman

Posted at 10:47pm
Praying for all of the precious Wilson family in the loss of Gary. Sending love and prayers! Love, Earl and Peggy (Bordelon) Waltman
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Ken Dech

Posted at 03:40pm
I have wonderful memories of my Uncle Gary and on one occasion he took myself, my Dad and my brother Keven Flying. Once we were up at a safe altitude he allowed me to "FLY the Plane"! I knew that my Uncle had complete confidence in un-doing any mistakes I might make so I began to really wreak havoc on the aircraft and turn it left and right, back and forth several times (tossing everyone around in the process!) and having so much fun! I did not realize (as Uncle Gary did) that this caused an automated system in the aircraft to take over because the plane interpreted that we were about to "Stall"! A LOUD alarm sounded and the plane went into a steep descent with everyone of us holding on for dear life!!! Uncle Gary just laughed and laughed and laughed at our predicament and took over the controls to level the plane. I would like to think that his love of aviation had an influence on my choosing a career in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. Great memories! I will miss him dearly......Kenny
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