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Vernon Wilson

June 3, 1959 September 12, 2019
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Vernon Wilson was the seventh child born to the late Eugene and Martha (Anderson) Wilson on June 3, 1959. Vernon grew up in Shelby, North Carolina. During his teenage years, he loved to travel to New York and New Jersey during the summer to spend time with his beloved nieces and nephews.

Before graduating from Shelby High School, Vernon had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Spain with his high school class. One of Vernon’s many talents is that he loved to sing. As a Christian, he combined his love of singing and travelling with his faith and joined a travelling choir. Vernon also enjoyed all types of dancing-disco, swing, hustle, clogging, to name a few.

Vernon began his career as a healthcare worker. He worked at the general hospital in Shelby for several years until he relocated to New York City. In New York City, Vernon worked in the food service industry until his health began to fade. Although Vernon was in a wheelchair for about fifteen years, that did not stop him.

Vernon became an active member of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, New Jersey. Adler embraced Vernon’s zeal for life. They gave him a place to display his creative talents. At Adler, Vernon took painting classes, learned the art of jewelry making and how to create ceramic pieces. The Adler Center also had Broadway Theatrical Productions every year. Vernon was proud to perform in their annual productions. His stage debut was as “Marta” in Adler’s “Sound of Music” and he enthusiastically pursued his role as a “Jet” in “West Side Story”. He would invite friends and family to come and enjoy the shows. Vernon starred in many notable roles at Adler including in “Sister Act,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Wizard of Oz” just to name a few. Vernon became a part of the Adler family and he had many friends at the Center.

Vernon had an infectious smile. He loved to laugh and say funny things to make others laugh.

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, he departed this life. We are all saddened by his sudden departure, but he has left a legacy of beautiful and fond memories that will always be cherished by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ray and sister, Augusta.

Vernon leaves to cherish precious memories, his son, Montral (Sernado) of Denver, CO; four sisters: Maxine Mizell of Peekskill, NY, Janice Hatcher (Jack) of Edison, NJ, Joyce Wilson of East Orange, NJ, and Hiawatha Strong (Walter) of Shelby, NC; two grandsons: Malaki and Montral, Jr.; three aunts, nine nieces and nephews, twenty-nine great-nieces and nephews, and eight great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins and dear friends.

Vernon will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Adler Aphasia Center Theatre - www.adleraphasiacenter.org.


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United States
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