Sgt. Maj. Franklin W. Wilson (Tops), 71

August 20, 2009

JAN. 27, 1938-AUG. 18, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- Sgt. Maj. Franklin W. Wilson (Tops), 71, of Williamsport, Md., died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Jan. 27, 1938, in Kitzmiller, Md., to the late John Thomas and Margarite Wilson Wilson.

He was a graduate of Elk Garden High School in Elk Garden, W.Va.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a sergeant major. He received the Good Conduct medal with Silver Clasp, Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation medal, Army Occupation medal (Berlin), National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Campaign medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Service medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars, 2 O/S Bars, Marksman Badge Rifle M14 and Combat Infantryman Badge.  

He was a senior ROTC instructor at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and was the recipient of numerous letters of appreciation and commendation from the military.


He then worked as a correctional officer with MCI of Hagerstown, for 15 years until retiring.

He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Halfway, Md.

Franklin was an avid hunter, fisherman and Civil War buff.

Survivors include: wife, Barbara A. Cesnick Wilson, married Jan. 3, 1959, of Williamsport; son, Frank W. Wilson of Salisbury, Md.; sister, Frances Lucas Hanlin of Kitzmiller, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Franklin was very close to his in-laws Gladys, Donnie, Juanita and Jim.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Twila Paugh and Earltene Moore.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 17630 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Father Christopher Moore celebrant.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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