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A kind and selfless soul has been lost to us. Sherman (Woody) Wilson, 83, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 12, 2017 at the Life Care Center of Palm Bay, Palm Bay, Fla. Woody was born in Cumberland, Md., to Pony and Hazel Wilson in May of 1934. Pony, Hazel and Woody relocated to Palm Bay, Fla. in the early 1950's where Pony was employed as Palm Bay's first police chief and fire chief. Woody was gifted athletically and excelled in multiple sports. Just as Woody was about to realize his lifelong dream of playing in the major leagues for the then New York Giants, a cyst on his spine was discovered. In the process of removing the cyst, doctors severed his spinal column which rendered Woody partially paralyzed from the waist down. His newly developed handicap did not deter Woody from remaining active. Woody traveled to South America, Europe and Mexico as well as taking up the game of golf. A fellow golfer once remarked to Woody "what's your handicap Woody?": Woody simply replied, "I walk funny". As everyone who knew Woody can attest, he possessed a great sense of humor. Woody's beaming smile and infectious laugh was his hallmark.
Woody was devoted to his mother and father, and when his mother became ill in 1991, Woody resigned his position as senior printed circuit designer in California and returned to Palm Bay to be with her until she passed. Woody's father became ill with Alzheimer's disease shortly after his mother's death, and Woody stood by his father until he expired in July of 1999. Woody remained in Palm Bay until his death. Throughout his life, Woody cultivated many friends wherever he lived. Woody was fiercely loyal to his friends. He mentored, supported, and assisted numerous individuals throughout his life.
A life well lived...a life well loved. Rest in peace our good friend and loved one.
A memorial service will be held at Brownlie-Maxwell funeral home in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. Mr. Wilson specified that no flowers be delivered for the service, and no donations to a charitable organization were requested. Please pay your respects by living a charitable and respectful life.
Published on November 14, 2017
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