Wilson Easby Whitmire lll was born in Cold Springs,TX on Nov. 17,1940. He died on Jan. 26, 2013. He was the oldest of five brothers and one sister. The Whitmire genealogy reports the early family members helped to settle Texas with Sam Houston before Texas became a state.
The family moved to Slidell, Texas which is about fifty miles North of Dallas. Wilson grew up on a 3,000 acre cattle ranch and worked as a real cowboy who rode horses mending fence all day, bailing hay and feeding cattle at 5:30 every morning before going to Slidell High School. He was a star TX state basketball player and was awarded a four year scholarship to Southwestern University in Georgetown,TX. While in high school Wilson developeda love and passion for cars. His Dad bought him an old Model T Ford with no headlights so his younger brother James would ride on the hood swinging a lantern. They later wrecked this car by driving into a tree.
Wilson graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in business and psychology while becoming a stellar basketball player with the ranking of #14 All American. His number was 23. With all of his accomplishments he set the bar high for his younger brothers and sister who all went to college and have successful careers.
After college Wilson worked for Texaco Oil Company and reached the top sales position and later for Franciscan in Glendale,CA, again top in sales .Disliking a 9 to 5 job he started his Classic Cars business in Dallas,TX and became one of the top experts on classic cars in America.
I was honored to be his wife and we shared a very special relationship. Wilson was spiritually strong and was a wonderful father to his son and daughter. He loved life and was always happy showing much enthusiasm in all of his accomplishments. He had a grand mischievous sense of humor. Travel, reading and discussing politics were all of great interest to him.
Wilson Whitmire leaves behind the following: Donna Drezek Whitmire,his wife; son Wilson Whitmire IV, daughter Leigha Whitmire; Vina Whitmire/Randy Remorenko, children Samantha and Jason;
Brothers: James Whitmire/wife Mildred, children Jeff and Sandy, Jack Whitmire wife/JoAnne, children Chris and James, Sam Whitmire/wife Sofia, Ross Whitmire/ wife Linda.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Slidell Fire Department.Friends will gather at the Slidell Baptist Church on Feb. 01, 2013 from 5PM to 7PM.