WILSON, Arthur Robert ‘Bobby’

Arthur Robert ‘Bobby’ Wilson

Birth: September 17, 1936
Death: December 28, 2007


Arthur Robert “Bobby” Wilson, 71, a resident of Spanish Fort, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.


He was the owner of Wilson Service Center since 1960. He served in the U. S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran.

He was known as the “Unoffical Mayor” of Spanish Fort, a past Fire Chief of the Spanish Fort Fire Department for 26 years, as well as being a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the Providence United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, J. B. Wilson, and his parents, Bryant and Martha Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Anne Wilson of Spanish Fort; three daughters, Tracey (Robert) Goens of Daphne, Gina (Thomas) Lee of Daphne and Joelle Wilson of Spanish Fort; two brothers, Earl Wilson of Semmes and Charles Wilson of Spanish Fort; sister, Louise Dahlen of Mobile; grandchildren, Jeffrey Mosley, Jonathan Mosley, Jasmine Lee and Zackary Lee; and one great-grandchild, Lola Jo Anne Mosley.

Visitation was held Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Faith Family Fellowship Church. Visitation will begin at noon with funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at the church. Interment will follow at Wilson Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., Daphne.

Published Wednesday, January 2, 2008, Gulf Coast Newspapers, Baldwin County, Alabama

Burial: Wilson Cemetery, Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA

Press Register
Paul Cloos – Dec. 28, 2007
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Arthur “Bobby” Wilson, a well-known Spanish Fort resident who owned and operated Wilson’s Service Center since the early 1960s, died today, more than four months after he was brutally attacked at his business.

Wilson, 71, suffered a fractured skull in the early-morning attack Aug. 12 and initially lapsed into a coma. In September, he was moved from the University of South Alabama Medical Center to a local rehabilitation facility. He never returned home.

“It’s just a shock right now,” Tracey Goens, Wilson’s daughter, said this morning.

Wilson’s service station has been an Eastern Shore fixture, sitting at the top of the hill on Spanish Fort Boulevard, west of U.S. 98.

No one has been arrested in the Wilson case, although 23-year-old Leslie Eric Buzbee has been described as “person of interest” by local law authorities. He was arrested on unrelated drug charges when investigators served a search warrant at his home in September.