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wm-leonawilson.jpg William Ransom Wilson
July 23, 1867 – March 12, 1912

The years are passing, friends are dying and tears are falling everywhere but we are not left comfortless, for the sweet promise of many mansions fills our mind and heart. Then, too, we have so often, so plainly been told that as the matured grain is sown in the fresh, warm earth to come forth, young and green unto another life, so these bodies, worn and tired, are sown in corruption to come forth young strong and beautifyl unto a larger, more glorious life. This is the Scriptural explination of the mystery called death, and the best yet given.

We are told that there is no suffering, we are told of the peace and love, we are told of the beauty and glory of that celestrial region, then why should we grieve when our loved ones are called to claim one of the many Mansions, and yet ever near us, though unseen, and yet the dear immortal spirits tread for all the boundless universe is life, there is no dead.

William Ransom Wilson was born in Montgomery county Miss July 23, 1867, and died March 12, 1912. He was married Dec. 16th 1885 to Leona Mitchell who with four children survive him.

Dear boys your father died young so your home will be the home of your mother, and to her may each of you be all that sons could be, filling her declining years, not only with comfort but giving her the tenderness and love so dear to ever mother.

At home he was kind and lovable, working hard even to the last days of his life for the glory of God and for the good of humanity.

After moving to Wallerville he was Superintendent of the Sunday School. Here he won the hearts of many and he it was who met friends and strangers to speak the kindly workds of “welcome,” and give them the handclasp of Christian love and fellowship.

On Tuesday, March the 12th, 1912 the Heavenly Messenger called him and surrounded by his family and friends he joyfully went to claim his mansion already prepared by a Father, whose love is unfailing and eternial.

On the morning of the 13th at his home the funeral was conducted by bros. E.L. Wesson and J.L. Boyd, and all that was mortal of William Ransom Wilson was borne to New Albany cemetery and tenderly laid to rest. His relatives adn children have the sympathy of everybody. To the dear wife so bereaved, so faithful through every change, so true through every trial, is the promise given to “I am with you always,” and her home shall be where the love of God is forever shining. — S.C. Givens

[Note: Typed from an old newspaper clipping. Typos are as they appeared.]


[And eighteen years later, his wife (pictured above) passed away…]

In Memory of Mrs. Leona Mitchell Wilson

After a brief illness of only five days, our Dear Friend and neighbor, Mrs. L.M. Wilson, passed to her better home beyond the vale of this life, last Monday, March 31st (1930), at eleven o’clock at the South Mississippi Infirmary in Hattiesbuurg, where she was carried on Friday before for a physical examination and treatment. Mrs. Wilson is survived by four sons, L.A. and Frank Wilson, of Richton; Roy Wilson, of Vicksburg, and Willie Wilson, of Greenville, and one sister, Mrs. J.W. Thornell, of Ethel, Miss.

In the death of Mrs. Wilson, I am sure that our town and community feels very keenly our loss, especially do we feel our loss in the Baptist church of which she was a most devoted member, and faithful worker. She lived a life of sacrificial service for her Lord and Master, witnessing for Him when the opportunities presented themselves, and serving anywhere He called. She carried sunshine into the sick room. She carried comfort to the sad, and encouraged those who were inclined to despair. Her persistent life of service has no doubt inspired many to greater effort in the Master’s work and service for humanity.

Grandmother Wilson (yes, you will permit me to call you by the familiar name, won’t you?) we know that you are happy in the presence of our Dear Savior today. But Oh! How we are going to miss you from our midst when we come to worship on the Lord’s Day. Then how were are going to miss those visits from you in our own home, and the homes of the sick in the field and those prayers of Faith. How they have strengthened us along the way, but we know that God knows best, and we just want to be submissive to His will.

To the family, we would say, Heaven should be more real now than ever before, for there is a Treasure there for you more precious than any earthly treasure – Mother. Weep not as those who have no hope for we know that God does not make any mistakes. — J.H. Cothen, Her Pastor.



Thursday Morning, April 25, 1920

Death of Mr. W.M. Roberson
Having spent most of his life in our midst, the town as a whole was grieved to know that the soul of our friend Mr. W. M. Roberson had winged its way to God who gave it life. His death was sudden, and yet was not unexpected, as his health had been declining for several years. The passing was sweet and peaceful, occuring about five o’clock Sunday afternoon in his home [on Elm Street] at Clarksdale, April 14. He was born at Cherry Creek, Miss. in 1855 and was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Roberson. For a period of ten days his mind dwelt in the past, and he longed to be “Home” in the old Pontotoc where as a barefooted boy he roamed the red hills, and waded the clear branches. In spirit and heart he was in Pontotoc with his friends and loved ones, for several days before he fell asleep. There were friends like the old friends who shared his mourning days.

To him friendship was more valuable than gold. It was the breathing rose, with its sweetness in every fold, Mr. Roberson, in early manhood became the husband of the sweetheart of his youth and was married in 1880 to Miss Pink Bell. She was the daughter of Dr. J.A. Bell of Troy, Miss. There were six children born to this home. All of whom survive their father with the exception of one named Lillian who died when quite a little child. The wife, Mrs. Pink [Margaret Esther] Bell Roberson also survives him. Those who know Mr. Roberson best felt that he was in possession of the strong characteristics that bring success. He was a most devoted father, always ready with a gentle, yet firm hand to guide his children to attain the best in citizenship. His  tenderness and devotion to his life companion was a fact well known to all. He enjoyed her companionship and appreciated her wise counsel in the affairs of life. He filled positions of trust in his community and was always very enthusiastic in promoting any thing for the uplife and betterment of society. He united with the Presbyterian church about 25 years ago. He was ever faithful to its teachings.

Mr. Roberson was a man of large family connections and acquaintances. His popularity was attested by the many floral offerings that covered the last resting place of our friend and neighbor. His body now rests under the sod of his old hometown where he will sleep until the Resurrection morn. The members of Mr. Roberson’s family now living are: Mr. Frank Roberson of New York; Mr. Lake Roberson [Sr], Clarksdale; Mr. William Roberson of Minter City; Mrs. O.F. [Willie Bell] Carr of Pontotoc; and Mrs. Francis Marion [San] Owens of Clarksdale. There were twelve bright grandchildren* that made life very dear to him. We grieve with the wife of his bosom for his passing and wish for her solace that comes from trusting the God he loved and who was a tender and gracious Father in his last days.

* Grandchildren:

  • Celeste, Shed Hill, and Lake Roberson Jr (Lake Sr & Celeste Roberson)
  • Josephine,  O.F. Jr, Willie Bell, Marjorie Carr (Willie Bell & Oliver Carr)
  • Billy, Catherine and San Stewart Owens (San & Buster Owens)
  • Shirley, Frank Flournoy Roberson (Frank Sr & ?)
  • B.J./Billy James Roberson (William & ?)


Beloved 84 Year-Old Woman Was Long Time Resident of Pontotoc County
(November 24, 1942)

Burial of Mrs. “Pinkey” Roberson was in Pontotoc [MS] Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, following funeral services held in the Presbyterian church in Clarksdale where her death occurred on Tuesday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. O.F. Carr.

Mrs. Roberson, by birth and consanguinity, was connected with Pontotoc county’s oldest and most prominent pioneer families. A daughter of the late Dr. John Bell, she was born in Marshall county, Tenn., November 3, 1858. When she was a child, her father moved to Pontotoc county and located near Troy, where she was reared and educated.

Having reached maturity, she was married to Mr. Wm. M. Roberson. About fifty years ago, the family located in Pontotoc, where their children were reared and educated, and became an important part of the professional, business, church, social and political life of the town and county. After their children became married and scattered, Mr. and Mrs. Roberson located in Clarksdale about twenty-five years ago, where Mr. Roberson died in 1929.

Despite her advanced age, Mrs. Roberson was most activie in the work of the Presbyterian denomination. She was a member of the Clarksdale Woman’s Club and the King’s Daughters.

Mrs. Roberson is survived by five children, Frank Roberson, former attorney general of Mississippi, now an attorney in Washingon; Lake Roberson, attorney at Clarksdale; William Roberson, Minter City; Mrs. Frank [Willie Bell] Carr and Mrs. F.M. [San] Owens, Clarksdale.

Published in the Pontotoc Progress in 1942

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