L.B. "Boogan" Wilson

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

L.B. "Boogan" Wilson, U.S. veteran Luther B. (Boogan) Wilson, Sr., of Eureka Springs, died on Aug. 29 in Eureka Springs. He was born on his family's property off Rockhouse Road on March 19, 1920, a son of Luther Wilson and Ethel (Ross) Wilson.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from April, 1942 until January 1946. After returning to Eureka Springs, he joined the Naval Reserve for several years.

In April 1949, he married Pauline Wilder. He was a lifetime member of the Eureka Springs Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Lions Club and First Christian Church. He worked with Boy Scout Troop #67 in Eureka Springs for several years and served as Scout Master for two years.

Boogan attended the Eureka Technical Institute where he received a diploma in watchmaking in 1950. Later in life, he used these skills to build several beautiful Grandfather clocks. He was a master carpenter and woodworker. He and son Terry, were in business together as Wilson & Son Construction for many years.

He built the Tradewinds Motel and the Coach House Inn, along with many homes in the surrounding area. He worked with other local contractors on Brighton Ridge Nursing Home and the Eureka Inn motel, and also did remodeling work on the Crescent and Basin Park hotels.

He is survived by his sons, Terry Lee Wilson and L.B. Wilson Jr. and wife Paula, all of Eureka Springs; daughters, Dixie Grim and husband David of Hampton and Betty Bean of Berryville; niece, Joanne Grogan of Eureka Springs; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Louis Wilson of California; and sister-in-law and companion Marilyn Wilson of Eureka Springs.

Beside his parents, Boogan was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Pauline Wilson; daughter Shirley Teeter; brothers Dick, Jack and Johnny; and sisters Lucille, Sue, Betty and Sally.

A Celebration Of Life Service was held on Sept. 2 at First Christian Church in Eureka Springs with Pastor Phillip Wilson officiating. A military interment followed at Eureka Springs Cemetery.

Services were conducted by Smith Family Funeral Home of Green Forest. Memorials may be made to the Eureka Springs Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at smithfamilyfuneralhome.net.