Mr. Wilson Dwight Thompson was born in Robeson County, North Carolina on December 21, 1944. He was the son of the late Mr. Dallas Thompson and the late Mrs. Helen Platt Thompson. He was raised in the town of McDonald in Robeson County , North Carolina. In 1962 he graduated from Hilly Branch High School and attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. In 1966 , Wilson enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years, including a tour in Vietnam. Throughout his military tour he completed college courses and upon discharge he continued his education and obtained a degree from Pembroke State University. He obtained a graduate degree in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1974.
Wilson worked for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for 30 years. Prior to retirement he became a stock broker and financial planner. He entered into a partnership at Calhoun Tax Service and eventually purchased the business. Wilson was passionate about Black Entrepreneurship and believed that it played a critical role in the economy and or society. This passion led him to help create the Queen Street Area Business Association in the Parker-Grey Historic District of Alexandria , VA to encourage minority owned businesses to participate actively in economic development.
He joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and served as Baseilus of the Psi Nu Chapter. He strongly believed in the principles of the Fraternity which sustained and supported his belief in entrepreneurship. He was a Life Member of the Fraternity for over 30 years.
Wilson’s commitment to family and community was exemplified in his support and continuing development of the McKellar Family Reunion and Platt Family Reunion emphasizing the importance of family history that binds us together. When called upon, he did not hesitate to help maintain the Hilly Branch Alumni Association and its Scholarship Program as well.
Wilson had a deep appreciation and connection to his family’s ancestral land and a commitment to the importance of maintaining ownership. Wilson purchased several small family farms and also created a vineyard. He derived great joy and satisfaction in growing grapes. The farm where the vineyard is located was designated by the State Of North Carolina as a Century Farm, which means that the farm has been in his family for over 100 years. His legacy and devotion to the land was unwavering and demonstrated his true commitment to land ownership, family and entrepreneurship.
Wilson is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lois; children; Joy, Marc and Anthony Belin; grandchildren Griffin and Paige; siblings, James (Gertha) , Clementine Thompson-McCormick (Hayward) ; Edith, (Chester) Delma; Garland; and Ralph; He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. He was tireless in his efforts to develop and maintain relationships with all of his family. He will truly be missed. His legacy will live forever.
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