I am posting the obituary of Ron Wilson a day after his funeral in order to honor the loss of a great legal mind from the Bedford County Bar. While Ron was retiring from the practice of law shortly after I began my practice, there was never a shortage of “Ron” stories. I feel as if I practiced with him for years. I know his sons and have practiced with and against C. Kelly many times. Let me tell you, the apples did not fall far from the tree! Ron’s greatest achievement in life, in my humble opinion, was raising quality children. Not just great lawyers, but great human beings. He was truly blessed. Here is his obituary:
Rondal Thomas Wilson, 80 of Shelbyville, Tennessee, died on the 28th day of March, 2013, peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Wilson was born March 20, 1933, in Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee, to Cordell Taft and Daisy Vaughn Wilson. he graduated from Macon County High School where he was elected as the President of his senior class. He served in the army during the Korean War while stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas, Missouri. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the service he attended college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He attended the Cumberland Law School in Lebanon, Tennessee, and in 1959 began the private practice of Law in Shelbyville, Tennessee, with the Law Firm of Bomar, Burns and Russell. he later formed a partnership with local attorney and subsequent Chancellor Tyrus H. Cobb.
Mr. Wilson focused his practice on trial work and assisted the State by serving as special prosecutor in several high profile murder prosecutions.
Mr. Wilson came to prominence for his criminal defense work in a number of cases in Middle Tennessee. His trial strategies drew respect from prosecutors and judges alike. He was always willing to share his knowledge with younger attorneys. In jury trials he utilized innovative techniques to make his point with the jurors including a life size reconstruction of a crime scene in one criminal prosecution.
He married Dorothy Virginia Maddox in 1956 and is survived by their three sons, Rondal T. Wilson, Jr. and wife, Brooke; Howard W. Wilson and wife, Susan; and C. Kelly Wilson and wife, Brittany; all of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Grandchildren, Tanner Wilson, Matt and Claire Wilson, Austin, Mason and Ayden Wilson. He is further survived by two brothers, Lawrence Wilson and Tony Wilson, along with one sister, Charlotte and husband Dewain Tennant.
Ron was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and David Wilson.
Ron will be greatly missed. However, he will forever live on in the many stories of him. If you have a story of Ron you would like to share, please comment to this post and I will add it.