Thelmar B. “Murse” Wilson Sr.

March 05, 1945 ‒ June 15, 2019

Sycamore, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Thelmar B. “Murse” Wilson Sr., age 74, of Sycamore, OH, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2019, at his son’s residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 5, 1945, in Genoa, WV, to the late Dee and Irene (Thompson) Wilson. In 1965, Thelmar was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served during the Vietnam War efforts.

Thelmar first married Linda May Young whom he was blessed with four sons. He would later have a second chance at love when he married Patricia Ann Duzan, the two blended their families together into one loving family.

For many years, Thelmar enjoyed the art of wheeling and dealing as a self-made tire salesman. He would later go on to drive a truck for M and S Trucking until he retired from the work force.

Thelmar enjoyed the simpler joys of life like spending time with his family. Often the family would get together to play cards and games or just sit and enjoy each other’s company. He was quite the storyteller as his stories were always vivid and full of sound effects. If you stopped by, Thelmar would often be found watching Western movies, especially with John Wayne, or Forensic Files and mystery movies. His claim to fame was always having seen that movie the kids were talking about on HBO already, even if it was just beginning to play in theaters. Thelmar also enjoyed taking a chance in getting lucky at bingo, pull tabs, or playing the lottery. His tell it like it was attitude was only matched by his hardheaded and ornery way of treating everyone. Thelmar believed in working hard and always willing to help others in their time of need. He surely will be missed by his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Dwayne (Candy) Wilson of Cardington, Thelmar “Ben” (Becky) Wilson Jr. of Murrieta, CA, Brady Wilson of Huntington, WV, Don (Tracy) Bennett of Caledonia, Randy (Angi Shepherd) Bennett of Galion, and Mike (Jaci) Bennett of Mansfield; 17 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; siblings: Thelene Joy Holland of Kenova, WV, Eloise Bailey of Palm Bay, FL, John D. (Sue) Wilson of Belfast, NY, Glenna J. (Frank) Workman of Kenova, WV, Alta Carol Smith of Lavalette, WV, Willie Wilson of Grayson, KY, Betsy A. Wilson Palm Bay, FL, and Patsy A. (John) Gray of Coal Grove, Ohio; along with  sister-in-law: Sue Wilson of Kenova, WV and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Thelmar was preceded in death by his parents: Dee and Irene; a son: Grady Wilson; and siblings: Joyce R. Wilson, Lola Rae and Dola Gay Wilson (twin sisters), Janice L. Ball, Tampa Sue Wilson, and Charles Sherman Wilson.

His family will greet friends from NOON to 2 PM on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) Services honoring his life will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Terry Burkhardt officiating. Burial will follow at Bryn Zion Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Thelmar’s memory to either the American Cancer Society and/or the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Thelmar’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • We can’t express enough how sorry we are for your loss. Thelmar was so dear to us. Not just as an employee but as a friend. He was like family to us. We loved him very much. Our prayers are with u all

    Mike and Cheryl Callahan
    M and C Trucking

  • To the family of Thelmar, Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will sure miss him. I’m so glad one of you boys(from Cali) stopped at the store to let me (connie) see him recently. Rest easy “Ole man”❤❤❤

  • We all will miss you, you were very special to us, it was hard to say “Good-Bye” to you, but memories of you we will always hold dear to our hearts till God calls us home, love from your Brothers & sisters:

  • Carol
    I am sorry for your loss.
    He was a really sweet guy, didn’t see him after he grew up , but I still remember him, he was a swell person.
    Take care and know my love and prayers are with you and family.
    Your Friend,
    Always Mavis

  • Our Condolences to you and your BEAUTIFUL Family, May GOD give you the Strength and Peace you need during this very Sad time.