Sylvia Wilson (born Turner) passed away early Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, attended by her daughter Angela Wilson Hartings and son Tim Wilson. A Memorial Visitation is scheduled for this coming Saturday, August 13, at Bilbrey Funeral Home, Crossville, Tennessee from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tim will close toward the end of the visitation with a few comments about her life.
Sylvia – or “Syb” as her friends called her — was born May 15, 1939, in Crossville, the daughter of Sheriff John Turner and his wife, Hazel. They were lifelong natives of Crossville with many ties to the community through the Turners, Wilsons, Vandevers, and Hasslers. She had a sister, Joy, and a brother, Rusty, who are both deceased. In addition to Angela Wilson Hartings and her husband, Frank, and James Timothy “Tim” Wilson and his wife Sharon, Sylvia is survived by grandchildren Michael and Matthew Wilson, Seth Hartings, Hannah Hartings Goodwin, Tara Myers, Nikki Hartings, and great-granddaughter Emma Wilson.
Sylvia graduated from CCHS in 1957 and soon afterward married James V. “Jim” Wilson. Sylvia was a Majorette; Jim was a baseball and basketball player. Jim became a developer and contractor. Sylvia became an Interior Designer and established a design firm with national clients. She loved gardening and learning the Latin name of most plants. Upon discovering and registering native Silver Birch trees on Renegade Mountain, she incorporated them into the rows of over-arching plantings adorning the entrance to the Gardens RV Community, which she and Jim created.
Sylvia and Jim embraced life to the fullest as they traveled in their motor coach, or as they explored other countries. With grandchildren, she became a loving and vivacious “Ninin” who loved to cook and who kept a house filled with laughter and joy. Settling on the shore of Lake Tansi, together they would watch eagles fly over the lakefront and delight in the sunrises over the distant mountains “sending sparkles like diamonds over the water.”
She regularly attended church before becoming housebound and one of her greatest joys continued to be reading the Bible. Among her favorite verses were Ephesians 5:30, “Give thanks in all things,” and Romans 8:28, “By grace are you saved….”
Her strong faith, loving and steadfast soul, and bright, optimistic outlook on life made her a pleasure to be around. The family asks that you remember her for these qualities and that you send blessings and prayers, rather than cards, flowers, or donations. All are welcome to attend her Visitation.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc.
76 E. Adams St., Crossville, TN