By Ralphine Major
“He definitely left a legacy of kindness in this world,” she told me. She is Carly—the daughter of the late Steve Wilson who played for Bob Dagley’s 1964-65 Eagles. Carly was only four and one-half months old when her father passed away. “I never had the chance to know my dad,” Carly said. “However, anyone who has ever spoken of him to me has been so gracious to share a funny story or simply let me know how fond they were of him.”
Carly grew up playing softball and, just like her dad, wore No. 22! Steve’s nephew, Sammy Wilson, and niece, Shelley Wilson, also wore No. 22 when they played at Gibbs. It is clear that No. 22 is special to the entire Wilson family! I know the former coach, the rest of the team, and all those Eagles’ fans of the sixties have great memories of No. 22! Carly is a graduate of Gibbs High School and Carson-Newman College (now University) where Steve also attended.
Steve was married to the former JoAnn Shelton. Steve and JoAnn’s daughter, Carly Wilson Egan, has two little boys, Tucker and Hank. With three young grandchildren in the Wilson family, there may be some more No. 22s in the future. What wonderful memories Matt Wilson (Focus 10-20-14) and Carly Wilson Egan have shared with us of their late father, Steve, and their deceased brother, Lance (Matt’s twin brother) through their beautiful words and precious photographs.
This is No. 38 in the series.