Henry Carl "Bo" Wilson, 80, quietly passed away at his home Sunday evening, April 9, 2017. Born April 16, 1936, in Houston, he was the son of the late Henry and Rubye Wilson. Before starting his professional career, Bo played football and graduated from both Reagan High School and University of Houston. He also served his country in the Marine Reserves. After he retired from teaching and coaching, he started Wilson Land Services with his son, Ryan, and became a land man. However, he spent most of his working life following his true calling and passion as a high school football coach and history teacher. In his thirty-five years of coaching, "Coach" as he was affectionately known, had a successful career as a junior high and assistant coach and, ultimately became a head coach and athletic director at many schools across the state of Texas. He started his coaching career in Livingston and then continued at Mt Carmel Catholic High School, followed by Fonville, Jeff Davis, and Bellaire all in Houston ISD. From there he began his head coaching and Athletic Director career at Baird, to be followed by Granbury, Stamford, Sweeny, Paris, Troup, Bullard, Arp, and finally Bishop Gorman here in Tyler, where he won the TAAPS State Championship. (12-2 KC) He also briefly served as a scout for the Pittsburg Steelers and an assistant coach for the Dallas Texans Arena Football Team. Bo was a man who believed in and loved three things his entire life: faith, family, and football. In his faith, Bo served as a lector, one who shares the traditions of proclaiming the word to the community, at masses and funerals. His family consists of his loving wife of fifty years, Penny; his daughter, Christie, her husband, John McCullough, and their children Meagan, her fiance John McSheffery, and Drew; also his son, Ryan; and his three children, Hannah Claire, Haden, and Hudson. He was also blessed with many in-laws and nieces and nephews. In football he valued hard work, discipline, patriotism, and love. Coach Bo was a successful "builder" of winning programs, but more importantly he was a great role model and mentor to so many students, athletes, and his family. He was a faithful follower of Christ, a loving husband and father, "father figure" to his athletes, and a friend to so very many. Services for Bo Wilson will be held Monday, April 17, at 2:00pm at St Peter and Paul's Chapel on the Bishop Gorman campus in Tyler. The Most Reverend Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler will be the Celebrant of the Mass of Christian Burial. A graveside ceremony for family and burial will be held at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday evening at 6:30pm at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler followed by Rosary at 7:00pm. Serving as pallbearers will be Bo's nephews: Josh Burcaw, Jay Davis, Eric Napier, Brandon Napier, Kevin Napier, Kyle Napier, and Shane Norcross. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in the memory of Coach Bo Wilson to the Bishop Gorman Athletic Building Fund. Attn: Broadmax Family Crusader Center, 1405 SE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701.
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