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Mr. Wayne Anthony Wilson; aka Peddie, aka Rabbit, of 2813 Amber Crest Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina, passed on Wednesday; April 11, 2018 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. He was born on August 22, 1949 in Lowell, North Carolina to the late Charles Lee Wilson and Grace Vera Wilson.

Wayne graduated from Holbrook High School and was a member of the North Carolina 2A High School Baseball State Championship team in 1968. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church for sixty-eight years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Men’s Group and he was also a cursillista.

Wayne was a veteran of the United States Army, where he worked with Communications. He served as a member of the 82nd Air Borne and the Vietnam War.

Wayne retired from Carolina Mills in 2008 and his hobbies were bowling, fishing, watching baseball and he loved his family. Wayne also loved his dog, Onyx.

Wayne left behind his wife: Elenor Wilson; three sons: Lee Anthony Wilson (Tammy), Benny and Richard Smith; four daughters: Dawn Marie Wilson, Rachel Nicole Wilson, Laura Gordon and Virginia Smith; four sisters and three brothers: Eliza Williamson, Rhonda Boyce, Musetta Glenn, Doretha Murriell, Melvin Wilson, Charles Wilson, Sr., and Mark Wilson. Wayne has a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; very special friend: Tracy Matthews and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral: Wednesday; April 18, 2018; 2:00 p.m.; Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church-503 N. Main Street Belmont, NC

Visitation: one hour before the service at the church

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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Rabbit was one of a kind - a quick learner and a joy to coach on the baseball field. He never complained and was always giving 100%. He was simply fun to be around and watch him enjoy the game. In 1968, he was the fastest human being in Gaston County, thus his nickname of Rabbit. Here's to a life well lived and may the memories of the good times help with carrying on.
    ~ Don Ratchford   Belmont, NC
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    To Rabbit and his family. After living a wonderful life may you have every lasting eternal life with our Jesus. When I get there e will have a race again. But of course you will win as always. It was a pleasure to have known you and play baseball football and basketball along side you. My friend
    ~ Alvin Millsaps   Chester, SC
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    To Rabbit and his family. After living a wonderful life may you have every lasting eternal life with our Jesus. When I get there e will have a race again. But of course you will win as always. It was a pleasure to have known you and play baseball football and basketball along side you. My friend
    ~ Alvin Millsaps   Chester, SC
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    I want to give my sincere regrets for your loss. I know how difficult death can be to have to deal with. The bible does provide us with comfort and hope in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    To Rabbit and his family. After living a wonderful life may you have every lasting eternal life with our Jesus. When I get there e will have a race again. But of course you will win as always. It was a pleasure to have known you and play baseball football and basketball along side you. My friend
    ~ Alvin Millsaps   Chester, SC