Our interesting people this week have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, but I remarked to Mrs. Wilson she must have been a child bride - she stilllooks too young to have been married that long. She laughed and said.. Well I was just 15 and Leon was 16.. They have spent many happy times together.
She is the former Martha Elese Lewis, the 6th child of 12 children born to Grover and Ada Lewis. She was born May 16, 1929 at the family home in the Wildersville community. Her father Grove, was a telephone lineman and at the time of theirmarriage Ada worked on the switchboard in Lexington. After they married they bought the switchboardin Wildersville and ran it.
Charles Leon Wilson was born April 29, 1928. He was athe second child and oldest son of 10 children born to Willie and Alice Wilson. They lived in the Antioch community on Hwy. 104 North. Willie was a farmer and pipeline worker. Alice worked for Panoply before retirement.
Times were hard when Leon and Martha were growing up. Leon quit school to help make a living for his family. This was before he had even finished the 3rd grade. After he and Martha married, she taught him to read and write. The rest, Leon has taught himself.
His work on the pipeline over the years has made him an expert in the operation and maintenance ofheavy equipment. He can also repair and fabricate anything. In fact, some folks say, "If Leon can't fix it, it can't be fixed." he appreciate the knowledge that he has gained and will share it with anyone. Since he had so little opportunity to attend school, he felt it very important for his children to do so. He has always stressed the importance of going to school and getting a good education.
Leon and Martha were married March 3, 1945. They have three daughters, Jean, Linda and Doris.
Jean lives on the family farm in the Crucifer community. She has two daughters. Linda also lives on their farm and is married to Danny Lindsey. Doris and her husband, Robbie Watson live in Oxford MS.
Leon's work with the pipeline has carried him and Martha to many states here in the USA and to foreign countries. Martha had the privilege ofjoining him in Algemaria in 1971. They traveled to London and while there they saw the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a parade that included Queen Elizabeth, Big Ben and other sights.
Martha retired in 1993. She nowhelps Leon with the farming and their small herd of cattle. When asked what they remember most about theirchildhood, the Wilson girls agreed - Mama was always there for us and Dad was always working hard..