Albert Auburn Wilds, Jr.

albert wilds, jr.
Albert Auburn Wilds, Jr., 56, of Asheville, died Monday, November 12, 2012, at Mission Hospital. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of Viola Wills Wilds and of the late Albert Autumn Wilds, Sr. Mr. Wilds received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biology from UNCA, and his Master's degree in Chemistry from WCU. He worked for 15 years at the NC State Minerals Research Laboratory, and 2 years at KT Feldspar in Spruce Pine. He taught chemistry at Erwin High School for one year, and was an adjunct professor of chemistry at UNCA for 12 years. Mr. Wilds is a former member of Haywood St. United Methodist Church and more recently at Central United Methodist Church. He was also an Eagle Scout. In addition to his mother, Mr. Wilds is survived by his wife, Mary Wilds; sons William Ford Wilds and Albert A. Wilds, III; brother Timothy Wilds and his wife, Jenny; and nieces Evangeline and Amelia Wilds. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler and the Rev. Dr. Rob Blackburn officiating. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends for Animals, 72 Lee's Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Viola, So sad to hear about your
    son Albert. Neil and I remember playing with Al and Tim when our dads
    worked together at YTL. Our deepest
    sympathy to you and your family.
    Sincerely, Wayne & Neil Jordan

  2. Mary Ann, Albert and William,
    I am so sorry for your loss…I wish I had words to take away some of your pain and grief. I met Al in college at UNC-A and realized quickly what a sweet (and intelligent) guy he was! There will be a time in the future when you can recall your fond memories of Al without the painful grief…but for now, know that you have many friends to support you as you adjust to life without him. Take care, and may God bless all of you. Love, Colleen

  3. Dear Mary Ann, William and Albert, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and deepest sympathy, with love, Kathy Wallace

  4. Mrs. Wilds,

    I am sorry to read about your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Glenn Smith
    …student in 1996

  5. Please, know that i am so sorry to hear about my ex.boss& friend has passed,he was a good person all the way around,may God comfort&keep you is my prayer.

  6. To the family of little Al….I was so shocked when mom called me last wk and told me Al had passed. This breaks my heart and I hurt for each of you. I have sooo many childhood memories of playing with Al and Tim there on Davenport/Vance Crescent. I will never forget the Christmas Eve that yall were at the house in Bent Creek with us and you got snowed in. I love all those memories. I will see yall today at the Funeral. GOD BLESS each of you in the future as I know how hard this Holiday Season will be. Love to the entire family

  7. Mary,Albert,William & Viola,
    Our sincerest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers are with you in your time of lost. May the Lord guide you and keep you protected in his loving grace. You are in our thoughts always. God bless.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort in God’s Word where he promises soon to ‘swallow up death forever and…wipe the tears from all faces.’ (Isaiah 25:8)

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