Obituary of Charles "Charlie" Ray Wilson
Charles “Charlie” Ray Wilson passed away at the age of 73 on June 3, 2021. He was born in 1948 to Ralph and Ruth Jervis Wilson in Corbin, KY. He spent his early childhood in Glasgow, then moved to Lexington, KY, in high school and considered Lexington his home for over 50 years.
He worked in sales and real estate and retired from the Bluegrass Hospitality Group in 2013. He enjoyed recreational sports including basketball, softball, and golf and was a devoted UK Wildcat Fan. Charlie was a talented craftsman and artist. He was extremely generous with his time and talents. His work can be seen in the homes of family and friends far and wide. These treasured touches will be cherished for years to come.
Those who knew Charlie know he never met a stranger. He was a good friend and beloved father, grandfather, partner in life, brother and cherished family member. He will be best remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, love of golf, generous spirit, and willingness to help others. He was very social and always enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He died surrounded by loved ones in his home after battling cancer.
Charlie is survived by his partner in life Sandra “Sandy” Veltkamp, his daughters Michelle Wilson Durden (Michael) of Chapin, SC, Tracy Wilson of Hilton Head Island, SC, and his grandson Trevor Durden. He is also survived by Sandy’s children Stephanie Sturgill & daughters Tayla & Emilee; Stacey Rogers (Richard) & children Aly & Seth; and Dan Veltkamp (Jennifer) & sons Cooper & Wyatt. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Luke & Ava. He is also survived by 3 siblings Jennifer Manley (Gene), Janet Hinds (David), Dale Wilson (Sheila), and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Gale Hopkins and Becky Ray (Marc).
A Celebration of Charlie’s Life will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday June 17, 2021, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville, KY.
Donations can be made in his name to First Tee - Greater Lexington. https://www.firstteelex.org/