John Douglas “JD” Wilson, 81, born July 27, 1936, passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 19, 2017. JD was born in Nevada to Harold and Ruby (Williams) Wilson.

JD attended school in El Dorado Springs, where he met the love of his life, Jean. Following high school JD joined the United State Air Force and served from 1954 -1957 during the Korean Conflict as a Military Policeman. He was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, for two years with the Honor Guard. Their love spanned many miles and upon returning from Japan he proposed. On Feb. 17, 1957, JD married his high school sweetheart, Jean, in Ridgeland SC. JD and Jean were blessed with three beautiful children whom he adored – Tammy, John Douglas Jr. and Karen.

JD was a loving, caring, loyal, incredibly funny, hardworking man. JD put his all into everything he did. When he was still able, JD had many hobbies which included, hunting, fishing, wood working – making many different projects for loved ones and friends, playing fantasy football online with his buddies, giving his grandkids hilarious memories, making sure they knew he loved them unconditionally and singing to his great grandbabies. JD will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was an amazing man to know, an incredible husband, a loving father and grandfather and the best big brother eight siblings could have. He went the way he would have wanted to if given the choice, peacefully in his recliner, with his love by his side and his pups at his feet.

JD was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Karen Sue.

JD leaves behind a family who loved him dearly; his wife, Jean, of the home; daughter, Tammy Wilson Mitts, of the home; John Douglas Jr. of Nevada;  five grandchildren -: Josh Wilson and wife, Mary, of Nevada; Amanda Mitts Poore and fiancé, Roger, of El Dorado Springs; Jessica Wilson of Nevada; Adam Wilson of Kansas City; and Sarah Hart and husband ,Mike, of El Dorado Springs; nine great-grandchildren – Alyssa, Brayden, Clayton, Teyler, Emma Grace, Lucy Mae, Race Alan, Michael and Austin; and eight siblings – Harold Wray Wilson and wife, Shirley, of El Dorado Springs; Earline Allison and husband. Karl, of El Dorado Springs; Sharon Burchett and husband. Junior of Lamar; Huleigh Wilson and wife, Linda, of Nevada; Rick Wilson of Springfield; Loel Wilson and wife. Lana. of Taberville; Robin Jones and husband, Darrell, of El Dorado Springs; and Melody Rutledge of Joplin; along with many nieces and nephews and tons of greats. The Wilson clan is a 163 strong.

Services with Military Honors were held Saturday, Dec. 23, in Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Elder Kenny Wilson officiating.  A Private Committal will be held at a later date in Olive Branch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, tune up your car and check the air pressure in your tires, he would have wanted that.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to the American Heart Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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