Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson ’79

Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson, Jr. grew up in a neighborhood of loving families who raised their children on Hillside Drive in Gainesville. He rode with his pediatrician “Dr. Ben” (Gilbert) and the “Hilltop kids” to Candler Street School and walked home from school in the afternoons. He earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 16, First Methodist Church and completed the Philmont High Adventure Trek.

In 1975, Chip graduated from Gainesville High School and remained a loyal “Red Elephant” alumnus. He earned his BA in English from Davidson College in 1979. He was a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Davidson and loved supporting his teams whenever they competed.

Chip was employed by International Management, a consulting firm led by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. and headquartered in Gainesville. International Management provided consulting services and professional seminars to over 120 firms in the carpet, textile, and chemical industries in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Chip grew in his faith at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville and Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church. As an adult, he was a committed member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker, where he faithfully participated in Sunday School and the Last Saturday Bible Study. One of his great pleasures was going to lunch after the Sunday service with a close group of Rehoboth friends. Chip wanted everyone in his life to know the love of Christ, to understand the promises of God in the Bible, and to make a commitment of faith to live and love as Jesus taught. His gentle spirit and patient endurance of a disability made his life an example of faith to his family and friends.

Chip was born in Clayton, on July 2, 1957 and died peacefully at the age of 64 in Decatur, on February 4, 2022. He is survived by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. of Gainesville, his sister, Lynn Wilson McGee, her husband David McGee (Okatie, SC) and nephews, David “Skip”, Will, Peter, Philip and his niece Helen. Chip was pre-decreased by his mother, Anne Richardson Jones Wilson. He was loved by his cousins Billie Bryan (Charlotte, NC), Peggy, Bill, and Julie Patton (Birmingham, AL), and Steve, Wendy, and Peter Wilson (Huntsville, AL).

The support offered by Planned Lifetime Assistance (PLAN) of Georgia and the staff of Phillips Tower (Presbyterian Homes of Georgia) helped him live independently with confidence.

Friends of Chip joined his family in a time of visitation and a worship service to glorify our Lord and remember Chip’s life of faith at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Interment was at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the “Chip Wilson Fund” at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Tucker, GA.