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    Friday, June 16 2017
    James Michael

    Posted by: Clarke & Staples Funeral Homes, Inc. AT 12:13 am   |  Permalink   |  46 Comments  |  Email
    Rip Coach. You were an inspiration to all. You will be missed. May god be with your family.
    Posted by Greg Tanner on 06/18/2017 - 01:32 AM
    Heaven received another great soul. Tank was an amazing man and will be missed by many. May God continue to watch over his family and provide comfort and strength.
    Posted by John & Annr Bohannon on 06/18/2017 - 03:14 AM
    There are no words to describe the dear love I had for Tank, whom I first met as Chubby in 1955 when he came to West End Elementary School! He was a gentle Teddy Bear and we shared many good times. He took such good care of his parents, loved Betty with all her heart, Michelle was his loving little girl and was so proud of his grandchildren! He has earned his wings! Go fly high my dear friend!! You fought a good fight and now it is time to rest. I shall never forget you. Blessings, peace, love and understanding to Betty, Michelle And all the family. Betsy
    Posted by Betsy Newcomb Long on 06/18/2017 - 06:00 AM
    So sorry to hear about tanks passing, prayers to the family and friend, may we all remember all the good he did.
    Posted by Elizabeth Trent Wallen on 06/18/2017 - 06:29 AM
    So sorry for your loss. I haven't seen Tank in years when he was at Benchmark Bank He was always so kind and friendly
    Posted by Patricia Isherwood Anderson on 06/18/2017 - 06:57 AM
    So sorry for your loss. VHS classmate.
    Posted by Frieda Trammell Whirley on 06/18/2017 - 07:08 AM
    So sorry for your loss. VHS classmate.
    Posted by Frieda Trammell Whirley on 06/18/2017 - 07:08 AM
    "Tank" was a wonderful, always pleasant, person to be around. I knew him as a good and honest man. He will be missed.
    Posted by Lamar Williams on 06/18/2017 - 07:09 AM
    I have known Tank since we were in Mrs. Hardy's first grade class together. He was a sweet boy then and grew up to be a good man. He chose wisely when he married Betty, and he loved his family. He has earned a special place in Heaven..,.Peace and rest to you my friend
    Posted by Brenda Webb on 06/18/2017 - 07:29 AM
    You and your family are in our prayers thru this difficult time.
    Posted by Allan and Nellie Cichorz on 06/18/2017 - 08:56 AM
    So sorry to hear this. Praying for the family.
    Posted by Kim and Danny on 06/18/2017 - 09:42 AM
    good friend from vhs and bcb. prayers for family and friends.
    Posted by EDWARD BOWMAN on 06/18/2017 - 09:50 AM
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Tanks passing. I have fond memories of him. May the Lord give you peace.
    Posted by Greg Elam on 06/18/2017 - 09:53 AM
    God place his hands of comfort durning this time of loss. Tank was a GREAT man and Will be missed by many.
    Posted by Dianne Brooks on 06/18/2017 - 09:54 AM
    I'm so sorry for your loss of such a great guy. What a 'big' presence he truly was. I could always count on a good laugh with Tank and will really miss him. Love you guys Linda (Whitehurst) Heydn ❤️
    Posted by Linda Heydn on 06/18/2017 - 10:05 AM
    Prayers for the family in their time of loss.
    Posted by Dawn Austin on 06/18/2017 - 10:22 AM to you and your Debi
    Posted by Debi Sutphin on 06/18/2017 - 10:34 AM
    Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. Rip
    Posted by Kimberly Setzer Foster on 06/18/2017 - 11:09 AM
    We are so sorry for your loss! You are all in our hearts and prayers!! Hugs are being sent your way!
    Posted by Tracey/Jerry Rowsey on 06/18/2017 - 11:23 AM
    I will miss my dear friend "Old Man Wilson" We had a date every Thursday. Always looked forward to your smile and laughter. I will cherish my cigar box that you picked especially for me. Thursday at Johnston-Willis Radiology will not be the same with out you. I'm thankful for our time together. I love you and Betty as my own family. I will see you again.. Until we meet again in heaven.. Louanne
    Posted by Louanne Phillips on 06/18/2017 - 11:32 AM
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. Tank was a great person and will be missed.
    Posted by Judy Sharpe-Singer on 06/18/2017 - 12:11 PM
    So sorry to hear of Tanks passing, he was a good man and will be missed by many.
    Posted by Terry Daniels (Courtstreet Antiques ) on 06/18/2017 - 12:17 PM
    Michelle and Teresa, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and brother. Much sympathy and love to both of you. Cheryl and Bennie Newcomb
    Posted by cheryl newcomb on 06/18/2017 - 12:21 PM
    My friend , I will continue celebrating our Birthdays here on earth , will miss our hugs we used too do at the bank. Peace and lots of love to you all
    Posted by Boo Caudle on 06/18/2017 - 02:08 PM
    Teresa, I am very sorry about the passing of your dad. He looked like a kind man. Love and sympathy, Hope
    Posted by Hope Zincone on 06/18/2017 - 02:39 PM
    I'm so sorry to hear of Tank's passing. He was always such a nice guy and a pleasure to be around. Even though I've been away from the area almost 23 years, his name still brings a smile to my face. I'm sure he will be missed in the community and by his many friends. God welcomed him with open arms.
    Posted by Pam (Logan Burroughs) Braithwaite on 06/18/2017 - 03:27 PM
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Will be praying for the family.
    Posted by Betty Bragg Whittaker on 06/18/2017 - 03:34 PM
    Sorry for yall's loss. Thought a lot of Tank. Love ya Betty!!
    Posted by Beverly Johnson Shaver on 06/18/2017 - 04:01 PM
    Sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with the family.
    Posted by Mila and Craig Ramsey on 06/18/2017 - 04:24 PM
    Sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with the family.
    Posted by Mila and Craig Ramsey on 06/18/2017 - 04:25 PM
    Michelle, Betty, and family, Sorry to hear about Tank. He was a good man. Keeping you all in my prayers. With heartfelt sympathy.
    Posted by Mike Pettry on 06/18/2017 - 04:31 PM
    I'll be out of town working, so I can't get to the memorial service. But I will have him on my mind and in my heart. He was there for me when others were ready to let go. He was a good man, an awesome bank manager in my eyes , and I considered him a friend. The world could use more like him, and thiscommunity will miss him.
    Posted by Sam Reese on 06/18/2017 - 07:20 PM
    Betty we send our love and prayers for you and family.So sorry for the loss of Tank.Lifting all up in prayer for Peace and Comfort Love Gladys
    Posted by Gladys Payne on 06/18/2017 - 07:59 PM
    Tank was a good and friendly guy and he helped lots of people. We need more people like him in America. May God rest his soul.
    Posted by Dicky Harris on 06/18/2017 - 08:26 PM
    My sympathy is with your family in the loss of Tank. He and Franklin, my brother, will be together again.
    Posted by Nancy Alder on 06/18/2017 - 11:07 PM
    So very sorry to hear of Tank's passing. I will always have a special place in my heart for him. He was always there to help me and my family in our times of financial need and never failed to be there as a friend. I will definitely miss him. Bettie, Michelle and other family members, know that I will keep you all in my chain of prayers and will pray for a multitude of blessing for you all.
    Posted by Cindy Zava Tenney on 06/19/2017 - 07:17 AM
    RIP MY FRIEND ,Although I never spoke to you each day , I often thought of you each day my friend . when I was down and out you always asked how I was and if I needed anything . your friendship is what is the true meaning of it ! I know you are on that big baseball field in the sky . saying and prayers to the family .
    Posted by kenneth lang sr on 06/19/2017 - 08:14 AM
    So sorry to hear about Tank. May God be with the family during there loss. 9lw
    Posted by Duane Sheffield on 06/19/2017 - 08:22 AM
    Mr. Wilson was the sweetest man. I will miss his kind words, smiles, stories and roses. Praying for you Betty and Michele. Love, Arlene
    Posted by Arlene O'Neal on 06/19/2017 - 09:25 AM
    So sorry for your loss, Tank was such s nice guy, he was so thoughtful of people he helped me a lot when he was n the bank. Betty you and your family are in my prayers. We need more like him.
    Posted by ANN D MOORE on 06/19/2017 - 03:36 PM
    We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, Tank will be missed by all❤️
    Posted by Wayne & Joyce Averette on 06/19/2017 - 07:53 PM
    Betty and Michelle, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP my friend.
    Posted by Blanche Ridgeway on 06/19/2017 - 09:45 PM
    I always remember seeing him when I played junior golf and high school golf with his grandson, Jacob. He was such a nice man and always had a smile and a laugh. I also remember him coming to Kenbridge Auto Parts when I was working there and he was always a friendly face to greet and talk with. May God be with his family.
    Posted by Patrick Robbins on 06/20/2017 - 08:05 AM
    Oh My..Tank you will be missed...My heart goes out to family and friends. My high school memories go on and on. Prayers to all.
    Posted by Linda Jacobs on 06/20/2017 - 11:53 AM
    Sorry for your loss.
    Posted by Rodney & Cindy Clevinger on 06/20/2017 - 06:24 PM
    Papa Tank, we will hold dearly all the memories we have of you as your Jessie and my Lexie were growing up. All the soccer games you attended and cheered them on at and all the Holloweens you let the girls dress up and give out your candy to the trick or treaters. Fly high Papa Tank we love you! Christine and Lexie
    Posted by Christine kimbrel lexie kimbrel evans on 06/20/2017 - 06:46 PM

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    James Michael “Tank” Wilson, 69, of Victoria, Va. earned his wings on June 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, James H. Wilson and Katherine Jeter Wilson; and a sister, Peggy Wilson. He is survived by his wife Betty W. Wilson; daughter, Michele Smith (Mike, Jr); grandchildren, Jacob Smith and Jessica Smith; his sister, Teresa Tuck (Keith) ; nephews, Justin Tuck (Lesli) and Eric Dellinger; nieces, Lindsay Tuck and Meagan Roberts (Jason); great-niece, Abigail Dellinger. Tank was dedicated to our community. He was one of the first coaches of the Lunenburg Dixie Youth League, a member of Victoria Christian Church, a past president of the Lunenburg Rotary and  served on the Alumni Committee of the Victoria High School. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 pm in the Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Victoria Fire and Rescue or to your local SPCA in memory of Tank. Online condolences may be made at

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