David L. Wilson, 66

JULY 22, 1945-NOV. 24, 2011

November 27, 2011
  • David L. Wilson
David L. Wilson

David L. Wilson, 66, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.,  passed away at his home in the presence of his family on Nov. 24, 2011.

Born July 22, 1945, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of Harold B. Wilson and Georgia Butcher Wilson, both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rebecca A. Wilson; two children, Laura Beth Wilson of Shepherdstown and Amy Wilson Hardy and husband, Travis, currently of Knoxville, Tenn., and one grandson, Ian Bradford Hardy. He is also survived by his brother, Harold B. Wilson Jr. and wife, Ann, of Johnstown, Pa.; two nieces, Nancy and Susan; his Aunt Ruth Hardesty and cousin, Jane Hardesty Johnson, her husband, Roger, and their daughter, Sarah of New Bern, N.C.

Mr. Wilson was committed to excellence in music education. His was heavily influenced by his band director and mentor, Mr. Jack Basil, and graduated from Elkins High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Shepherd College in 1967. He was president of Sigma Chi Chapter of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity and received a master’s degree in speech communication from West Virginia University in 1979. From 1967 through 1972, he taught music and was director of bands at Charles Town Junior High School. He served as a teacher of instrumental music and director of bands at Jefferson High School from 1972 until 1998. During that time, he received numerous awards and recognitions. These included being selected for membership into Phi Beta MU bandmasters fraternity, being twice named Bandmaster of the Year by the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, serving for four years as the chairman of the West Virginia All-State Band, and receiving the state music educator’s award for Section Two from the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association. In 1998, he was recognized as the producer of West Virginia’s top-rated jazz ensemble. He was also recognized by the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, the U.S. Army Blues and the U.S. Navy Commodores for his support and dedication to jazz education. He was a member of the International Association of Jazz Education and the Music Educators National Conference.


He was employed by Ken Lowe prior to the opening of the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. While there, he had a number of responsibilities, including a supportive role during the peace talks between Israel and Syria held in Shepherds-town, W.Va., in 2000.

He worked as a contractor for the Office of Personnel Management Eastern Management Development Center as team leader for logistics support. His many duties there included photography and photography editing.

From 1977 through 1995, he worked as a salesman and designer of micrographics systems and automated data retrieval systems for the National Micrographics Corp. In 1979, he was named Salesman of the Year by Cannon.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown and served one term on the vestry.

He was past master of Mount Nebo Lodge 11 of Shepherdstown. He was a member of Osiris Temple and past president of the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club.

He was a member of the Jefferson County Cotillion Club with his wife for many years. Aside from a love of music, he also enjoyed a number of hobbies at various points in his life including cars, fishing, hunting, boating, ceramics, candle making, taking flying lessons, flying model airplanes, baking, cooking, photography, traveling with his family, RV travel and electronics.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, with the Rev. G.T. Schramm officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 308, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; Shepherdstown Fire Department, P.O. Box F, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

You may sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at

The Herald-Mail Articles