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January 2, 2010
Richard P. "Dick" Wilson
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Richard P. "Dick" Wilson

Richard P. "Dick" Wilson, 70, born August 29, 1939, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died on January 2, 2010 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Dick graduated from Leon High School in 1959. He served in the United States Coast Guard. He worked for the State of Florida in all branches of state government and served as City Commissioner (1977-1980) and Mayor of Tallahassee (1980-1981). He began his lobbying career with the Florida Rural Electric Cooperative Association. At the time of his death, he owned a governmental consulting firm. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, at 1:00 P.M., with visitation immediately after the service. Dick was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth H. "Betsy" Wilson; son Michael C. Wilson (Cindy) of Dallas, Ga.; daughter Connie W. Byrd of Crawfordville, Fla.; grandchildren Brandi Hignight (Josh) of Crawfordville, Fla., Ashley Wilson and Michael Wilson of Dallas, Ga.; sister Mary W. Jordan (Lawrence) of Tallahassee; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Pruitt H. and Dora M. Wilson, and brother Robert M. Wilson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the  American Cancer Society , 241 John Knox Road, Suite 100, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat from January 4 to January 5, 2010