Joseph William Wilson (Joe), 86, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away April 3, 2015. Born February 17, 1929 in Fairfield, AL, Joe attended Jones Valley High School and graduated from Auburn University in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Joe was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Navy ROTC while at Auburn, and joined the US Navy following graduation. During active duty, Joe proudly served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and commanded several ships. Joe retired from the US Navy at the rank of Captain following a distinguished 30 year career. After retirement from the US Navy, Joe worked for Southern Company Services in Birmingham for 15 years as a Hydroelectric and Nuclear Power Engineer.   Joe enjoyed traveling, model railroading, and being with family. He was an avid Auburn fan and didn’t miss a game for over 27 years. Joe was a man of faith who loved his family and was blessed with a multitude of friends.   Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Herrin (Polly) of Lawrenceville, GA. Other survivors include Wilda Wilson of Hoover, AL; sons, Michael Wilson of Slidell, LA; Stephen Wilson & wife, Lisa, of Madison, AL; daughters, Patricia Mills of Hoover, AL; Sandra Ducette & husband, Richard, of Alabaster, AL; grandchildren: Brett, Wayne, Trevor, Lindsey, Andrew, Bryan, Joey and Michael; great grandchild, Carter; Brothers, Keith Wilson and wife Doris of Huntsville, AL, and Reverend Jack Wilson of Huntsville AL. Joe’s family also included step-children, Jim Landers & wife, Debbie, of Atlanta, GA; Marie Cain & husband, Wayne, of Dacula, GA; Gerry Landers of Tucker, GA; Janine Lemmings husband, Paul, of Lawrenceville, GA; Alan Landers & wife, Karrin, of Marietta, GA; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and his adoring dog, Charlie.   A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 319 Grayson Hwy, Lawrenceville GA 30046 with Father Rey Pineda serving as celebrant. Interment, with full military honors, will be at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may consider a gift, in memory of Joe, to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, ATTN: Development, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Polly and Family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. Joe was a great guy to work with and to know. I considered him a friend. We had many great conversations, especially those concerning Auburn football. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don Irvin & Family

  2. Polly,
    Our hearts are saddened at Joe’s passing. Monday morning won’t be the same without him. We’ll miss that smile and sly wit.
    He was CLASS personified.

    Denny & Nancy

  3. Peace be with you Papa Joe. You will be remembered fondly.
    Polly and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Great picture of him.

  4. Mike and the Wilson Family:

    Extending deepest sympathy
    For you in your loss.
    And hoping, too,
    That comfort and peace
    May come to you

    Jack and Linda Waldroup

  5. Steve, Lisa, Mike, and the Wilson Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know your dad was a special person and appreciate his service to our country. I always enjoyed going to the Auburn football games with you and your dad. Those were good times.

    Larry Pledger

  6. We are so sorry for your loss, Polly. Joe was a sweetheart. You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Much Love,

    Peter, Ken, Jean, Julie (Jae), and Marie

  7. Mike and family, please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of your father. He sounds like he was a very special person. I will keep you in my prayers. –Joyce

  8. Joe was my friend. We counted money as partners at church on Monday mornings for 10 years. Since Joe was retired Navy and I am retired Army, There were a lot of war tales swapped between us while counting. I learned a lot about the Navy, and hopefully, Joe learned something about the Army. We also told our favorite jokes and discussed politics. However, the more intense talk was about sports (College football). This was very serious the week before the Auburn-UGA game. The week after only one of us did the most talking. I would greet Joe every Monday morning with a “War Eagle”, and we would respond, not loudly with a “Go Dawgs”. We would do the same when we departed. I will miss him very much. WAR EAGLE

  9. Steve we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Praying that our Lord will bring you comfort at this time

  10. Joe was one of the most dedicated workers I have ever work with during my time at Southern Company Services. I am a retired Navy Master Chief and we did swap several Sea Tales. We have lost a very good person that touched everyone in a good way and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family, friends and love ones.

    God Bless Joe Wilson

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