Resident Spotlight: Raymond Wilson


Posted by Kia Crawford on March 2nd, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

picture Raymond WilsonWhere did you grow up? Raymond states that he was born on December 24, 1939 in Porterdale, Georgia and he grew up in Porterdale and Conyers, and Milstead Georgia. He grew up the oldest child in family with 2 brothers and 1 sister and brothers and sister are all still living. Raymond graduated from South Gwinnett High School in 1958.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Raymond states that his favorite memories from childhood include playing and living in the country, playing sports, playing in the family barn and riding farm equipment on the farm and attending school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? Raymond served in the US Navy from 1960 to 1964 and his service included time on a submarine and a ship that served submarines including tense times during the Cuban Missle Crises. Raymond met his future wife Teresa with his brother married to Teresa’s sister and they dated for about 1 year and then married March 17, 1973 and so they have been married 41 years. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and his family is a major part of his life and happiness.

Did you have a profession? Raymond states that he worked 2-3 years for Lithonia Lighting in Lithonia Georgia and then worked for Georgia Power for the rest of his working years first as a Meter Reader and then he worked up to management in the meter department and then took early retirement in 1992. He moved around some working for Georgia Power living in Macon, Albany, Snellville and finally in Ola Georgia where he lives to the present time.

Which accomplishment in your life do you feel most proud? Raymond states that he is most proud of his family and the changes that he has made in his life since getting married.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college? Raymond responded, “be honest with everybody and don’t take advantage of people.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family? Raymond responded, “be glad that you have a family and raise your children to have integrity and honest behavior.”

What brought you to Dogwood Forest? Raymond was living a normal life until September 4, 2014 when he had a stroke. His family called 911 and he went to the hospital and was treated for the stroke but had left side weakness and was in the hospital and then Rockdale Rehab Center in Conyers for therapy but family wanted him closer to home and so Raymond transferred to Dogwood Forest Eagles Landing October 31, 2014. Resident and family both indicate that they are very glad Raymond came to Dogwood Forest that he is treated well here and has continued to receive therapy and continues to improve with walking and being able to do more for himself. He mostly prefers to stay to himself in room watching TV and visiting with family but will get out of room some coming to activity room for exercise class on regular basis and to the therapy department for physical therapy.