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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 4:21 pm

Ann Bedsole Wilson, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 3, 2018 in her home in Enterprise while lying next to her husband, Paul Wilson, who through “71” years, has always been by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the First United Methodist Church Enterprise with Billy Luttrell and Rev. Tonya Elmore officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Thursday. Burial will be at Rock Falls Cemetery in Harbor Beach, Mich.

Ann was born on Aug. 18, 1927 in Samson to Ray and Vircey (Miles) Bedsole. Her family moved to Ponce De Leon Springs, Fla., a few years later and she resided there until her graduation from high school. From there she went to work in Pascagoula, Miss.

She found the love of her life on a blind date and you know the rest was a love story. She always said Paul’s eyes were his greatest assest.

Ann was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Enterprise and of the First United Methodist Church in Harbor Beach, Mich.

She is survived by her sister, Mary (Charles) Andrew, Pensacola, Fla., and her children.

She always said the GREATEST GIFT Paul ever gave her was her children:

Paul Michael Wilson; Marcia Ann Will (Donald F.) of Harbor Beach, Mich.; Monica Kathleen Delk (Earl P.) of Jamestown, Tenn.; Myra Lynn Wilson Cehula (James D.) of Anchorage, Alaska; Myles Kevin Wilson (Becky) of Enterprise. Her grandchildren meant the world to her too: Paul Ann Wilson (Tom) of Harrison Township, Mich.; Michael William Wilson of Harrison Township, Mich.; Donald F. Will II (Michele) of Harbor Beach, Mich.; Dianna Meredith Will; Paul Douglas Will (Shelley) of New Boston, Mich.; Justin Dee Delk (Ashley) of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Myra Lynn Delk (George) of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Travis Wilson Delk of Jamestown, Tenn.; Steven Drew Chula of Anchorage, Alaska; Sam Gunner Cehula of Anchorage, Alaska; Benjamin Wyatt Wilson of Aurora, Colo.

Her love of her grandchildren was great but nothing could outshine her great-grandchildren. Her three JAYS, lived near her in Enterprise for a while and her eyes would light up whenever she saw them: Jayden Michael Rasmus, Jayce Daniel Rasmus and Jaylyn Grace Rasmus.

Her joy was complete and DJ married Michele and gave her two more: Madison Jesse Duggan and Tristan William Duggans.

Many nieces and nephews other family members are also survived by her who often though of her as a second “MOM,” especially David and Heavenly Leamon and family and Shirley and Brian Fair.

She and Paul were married in Geneva on Jan. 30, 1947. She arrived as a new bride in Detroit, Mich., where she and Paul lived until 1975. Paul and her owned PAUL WILSONS COLLISION until 1974. She was lovingly known as NANA to many and was sometimes called Annie B/AnnieBannie.

NANA’s faith was the building block of her life and marriage, and we always said the BLESSING before each meal: She insisted we give Glory to God first. People always commented on what a true “SOUTHERN LADY’ she was and never went anywhere without being perfectly dressed down to her shoes, jewelry, purse, and of course ‘LIPSTICK!’

She always had a passion for a good bargain and her love of antiques fills her home today. One of her dear friends said, “NANA has lots of treasures.” She loved to be surrounded by pictures of her family and friends, filling every space. She said it made her smile remembering those beautiful faces.

One of the best places she loved to be was at the “FARM” in Harbor Beach, Mich. Paul and her purchased a 100-acre farm with eight bedrooms in 1962. When they were going to buy it, she just said, “Make sure there’s enough room for all the kids.”

Cooking biscuits and gravy for hunters in the fall or her famous baked beans and corn pones; of course, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have banana pudding to complete a meal. Always bringing her kids and their friends for the summer. Planting gardens, picking beans, making sure Granny Bedsole came to the farm where she was in Michigan, being safe there during the Detroit Riots, and the FAMOUS LABOR DAY PARTIES with “PAPAS” Alabama BBQ were just a few memories she will carry with her and us. She loved the FARM and always felt like it was a place where you could go and unwind and enjoy everyday life. It was a lot of work for her and Paul but they never regretted opening up THE FARM to anyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Glyndol Commander (Coy) of Ponce De Leon Springs, Fla.; her son Paul Michael Wilson and a granddaughter Dianna Meredith Will.

We will be taking her on “ONE LAST ROAD TRIP” to Harbor Beach, Mich. She will be laid to rest in Rock Falls Cemetery. We will be having a memorial for her in the summer of 2019; the date is pending.

Thanks to all of you who cared for and loved our “MOM.” She was ONE SPECIAL LADY! Especially Day Spring Hospice, Encompass Care, Dr. Kettenun and friends.

A Special “THANK YOU” to our sister Monica, son Travis, and brother Myles for your love and devotion to MOM and DAD in the last few years.

We will miss her sweet smile, but most of all her love for all the people she met in life. She would always tell us:

“You never meet a stranger but a friend for life.”

May the Lord Bless each and everyone of you,

In his name.

The Wilson Family

To sign the register book or to send condolences to the family, please visit our website at

Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory, 1301 Neal Metcalf Rd., Hwy. 167 N., Enterprise, AL 36330, (334) 393-2273