By Ralphine Major
He is the only player on Bob Dagley’s 1964-65 basketball team at Gibbs I did not get to meet. Steve Wilson’s untimely death at age 36 in 1985 left a void on the squad that once numbered eleven.
Wilson worked at Coastal Supply Company and attended Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton. Steve was a father of three: twin boys, Matt and Lance, and daughter Carly. The twins went to Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, where they played basketball, baseball, and football. With their father and mother, Sandy, both basketball players, it was not surprising that the twins helped their team win two basketball championships! Matt was only fourteen years old when his father passed away, but he is quick to share about him. “He was a great father,” Matt said. Sadly, in 1986 an auto accident claimed the life of his twin brother, Lance. Today, Matt is married and has a little girl named Savannah. Though Steve is no longer with us, his children have graciously shared pictures from their family album for Focus readers to enjoy. (This is No. 37 in the series. To be continued).