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Obituary for Max Wilson

Max  Wilson
Mr. Max Eugene Wilson of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life at his home on January 31, 2023, at the age of 87. He was born January 13, 1936, in Newport, the son of Lee Roy Wilson and Fannie Mae Stites Wilson.
Growing up in Jackson County, Mr. Wilson was never a stranger to hard work. He began working as a young teenager at the Strand "picture show" alongside his lifelong friend Harold Sutherland. Mr. Wilson soon began working for Mr. Wiley Albright at Albright Brothers Construction, which later became JACO Construction. It was there he learned the trade that he would make his life's work.
He was a 1954 graduate of Newport High School.
Along with establishing Max Wilson’s Concrete Works, Mr. Wilson built, owned, and managed many apartments and homes throughout the years, including building a home for his own family. Max Wilson’s Concrete Works specialized in building storm cellars and metal carports. He bought one of the first concrete finishing machines in Jackson County. Through his business, Mr. Wilson successfully taught his three children business and building skills that would serve them throughout their lives.
Anyone who knew Max Wilson knew he was a man of unimpeachable integrity, inexhaustible work ethic, and unfailing honesty. He did not offer unsolicited advice; however, if you asked, after his answer was given, you had no doubt of where he stood. Mr. Wilson was a Christian. He firmly believed and lived by the principle that we were to help those who couldn't help themselves.
Mr. Wilson accomplished many things in his 87 years, and a few experiences he held most dear occurred during his time serving in the United States Army Arkansas National Guard. His unit was selected to stand guard at the dedication of the Greer's Ferry Dam, attended by President John F. Kennedy on October 3, 1963, only fifty days prior to the President's assassination. His unit also attended Guard Bootcamp at Ft. Chaffee in 1966 with Jackie Robinson. The personal achievement of which he was most proud, was that he never allowed a drop of alcohol or a taste of tobacco to pass his lips.
Mr. Wilson will be remembered fondly and missed by many, especially by his family that he loved so dearly.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, J.A. “Sonny” Wilson and Alfred “Connie” Conway Wilson.
He is survived by his children, Susan Hubbard (James Moore) of Heber Springs, Arkansas; Stephen Wilson (Laura) of Newark, Arkansas; Lea Roy (Kevin) of Kennesaw, Georgia; six grandchildren, Forrest Roy, Abigail Roy, Jonathan Hubbard (Jessica), Wil Hubbard (Jules), Kelli McLain (Mike), and Joey Fike (Savannah Baty); nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman Gray Wilson (Kay) of Moore, Oklahoma; one sister, Evelyn Christine “Sister” Tackett of Searcy, Arkansas; one sister in law, Ruth Wilson of Canton, Georgia and a lifetime of friends.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Mr. Wilson’s caregiver, Tammy Duncan & the staff at Dierksen Hospice.
A memorial service for family and friends will be announced at a later date.
The family requests that all memorials be made to Northside Church of Christ, 2400 Cottonwood Street, Newport, AR or a donation to the Wardell Pennington Memorial Food Pantry, 1312 McClain Street, Newport, AR.
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