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Samuel Baxter Wilson Jr. / October 14, 2021

Samuel Baxter Wilson Jr., born July 23, 1929 at Birchland Farm, Halifax County, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

He was a graduate of VPI with a BS in general agriculture, served in the US Army as a first lieutenant for several years and was an atomic vet. He was a farmer and conservationist, as well as an active member of his community. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and was a member of Virginia’s Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board where he served as vice chairman and chairman. He was a member of Oak Level Presbyterian Church all his life where he served as elder and treasurer for a few decades. He was a charter member of the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department, Spring Valley Swimming Pool Association and Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club, and at the later he also served as vice president, president, treasurer, zone director and lieutenant governor of the Dan River District. He earned the Tom Downing Fellowship Award in 2000. He served as the Oak Level Presbyterian Church Institutional Representative to the BSA Troop 410 since its inception and also served on the Halifax County School Board.

He is survived by his sister, Sally Wilson Ragland Crews; his son, Samuel Baxter Wilson III (Lisa); daughter, Kathy Wilson Porterfield (David); four grandchildren, Samuel Baxter Wilson IV (Laura), Michael James Wilson, Daniel Thomas Porterfield, Nancy Porterfield Kren (Greg), and two great-grandchildren, Logan Bruce Kren and Levi Joseph Kren; and extended family and others who have become family over a lifetime well lived.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Baxter and Leta Ruth Negaard Wilson, his sister Harriet Wilson Terry and his wife, Kathryn Terry Wilson of 69 years.

A graveside service will be Saturday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at Oak Level Presbyterian Church cemetery with the Rev. Russell Terry and Rev. Dr. Donald Nance conducting the service

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department, 2019 Oak Level Road, Halifax, VA 24558 or Oak Level Presbyterian Church and/or their cemetery fund, 1243 Oak Level Road, Halifax, VA 24558.

We would love to have your memories/favorite stories shared on the Powell Funeral Home site,

Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home.

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