Merlin Dean Wilson

Friday, February 12, 2021
Merlin Dean Wilson

Merlin Dean Wilson, 85, of Piggott, Ark., formerly of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away February 9, 2021, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

He was born on December 12, 1935, in Trumann, Ark., and was the son of the late Earl and Loretta (Crowe) Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and mother of his four daughters, Mary Ann (Rankin) Wilson; parents; daughter, Terri Holcomb; and brother, Lamon Wilson.

On March 19, 2013, Merlin was united in marriage to Shelby Dean Bowman.

Merlin retired from the United States Post Office after working many years as a mail carrier. At the age of three he began to sing, and grew to be a great singer and musician. He shared his love of music in the church where he sang and played often. He was also a very avid die cast car collector. After moving to Piggott, Merlin became a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Piggott, where he was very active and grew to love the people and community. He was a joy to all who knew him and loved to joke and play games.

Survivors include his wife, Shelby Wilson of Piggott; three daughters, Daphna Ellis and husband Glenn of Hot Springs, Darlene Castleberry and husband Bobby of Hot Springs and Diane Dupree and husband Raymond of Columbus, Ind.; two bonus children, Denise Martin and husband Phillip of Kansas City, Kan. and Greg Bowman of Columbus, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Misty Fikes and husband Darrin of Hot Springs, Amee Castleberry of Hot Springs, Crystal Sanford and husband Kris of Hot Springs, Alisha Robinson and husband Jon of Cleveland, Tenn., Brandon Holcomb and wife Tiffany of Columbus, Ind., Merisa Means and husband Daniel of Charleston, W.V., Heather Evans and husband Ross of Benton, Ark. and Bethanie Peyton and husband Tyler of Oshawa, Ontario, along with five bonus grandchildren, Andrea Craft of Chicago, Ill., Jonathan Craft of Denver, Colo., Caleb Bowman of Albion, Ind., Reagan Bowman of Bedford, Ind. and Niki Cass and husband Kyle of Harrisonville, Mo.; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita Smith and husband Wayne of Oklahoma City, Okl.; sister-in-law, Lillian Wilson of Hot Springs, and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, with the funeral service following at 11, at the United Pentecostal Church, in Piggott, with Bro. Jay Masterson officiating. Burial will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Crestview Memorial Gardens, in Hot Springs, with Bro. Raymond Dupree officiating. Pallbearers will be Bobby Castelberry, Glenn Evans, Jon Robinson, Brandon Holcomb, Ross Evans, Darrin Fikes, Kris Sanford and Phillip LaRue.

Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements.