Randall J. Wilson

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Randall J. "Randy" Wilson, 48, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the CarePartners Solace Center. A native of Asheville, Randy was preceded in death by his adopted mother, Milam Calhoun Wilson and his adopted grandmother, Hattie Calhoun. He is survived by his biological mother, Joanne Roberts; sisters, Pam and Vivian and nephews, Michael, Aaron and David. In addition, his family includes his guardian, Portia Simpson, with support from her husband whom Randy referred to as "Uncle Bart, their daughters, Melissa and Deirdre (who considered him as their brother), and together they oversaw his needs and care. Further, he is survived by a "big brother", Bill Wilson, as well as many cousins who loved him very much. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Chaplain Art Slagle officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Randy lived in Old Fort with his caregivers, Beth and Tommy Taylor, who loved and cared for him in a very special way. In addition, the family express their gratitude to the staff of CarePartners Solace Center, the staff of Lincs Day Program, and Doctors Schwab and Cross. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Randy liked to help people. We had some of the same teachers. I remember back in 1966, my parents gave a big party for my graduation and Randy was there. He could really put away the food! He loved my parents, and my parents loved him. He loved to play practical jokes on people especially me. He was a Christian and we both loved to sing gospel. I will be thinking of all of you during this time. Remember the good times and not the bad.

  2. Randy was a great little guy and little brother. He could also be a little rascal pulling his jokes on people. He loved Milam and she loved him, and we are so glad they had one another. Grandma and Grandpa Calhoun, and Roy and Lenora, all gone now, they are finally reunited. It’s been a long time coming. Randy loved to tell the story of his big adventure in Bent Creek when Wade got him out of the house in his wheelchair and they got caught in the rain. He knew all of the family gossip, loved to call everyone, and was part of everything that was going on. He was an angel on earth, and now he’s an angel in heaven, free as the wind and back in Milam’s arms. He was well taken care of and well loved on this earth, and we’ll miss him forever. Thanks Portia and family and Tommy and Beth and Hospice for the endless love and care he got from all of you.

  3. So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The Glenn Stewart Family
    Janet, Glenna, Loretta and Charlie

  4. My sincere sympathy to all of you. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Randy. I heard a lot about him from Portia & Deirdre at NuWave Shop. I know he was provided the best care possible because Portia & her family are great loving & caring people. God Bless.

  5. Randy was born into a large and loving family where acceptance was the norm. He was especially adored by his adopted mother, Milam Wilson, and his adopted grandmother, Hattie Calhoun, and I joyously imagine his reunion in heaven with those two! My sympathies go out to the entire family, especially Portia Simpson and her family, who faithfully oversaw his care for many years, his birth mother Joanne, who loved him to the moon and back, and his foster family, who gave him continuous love and support. When he and all the cousins were small, he continually announced his intention to marry my youngest daughter who would placate him by saying that she definitely would but would then seek private reassurance that she wouldn’t be bound by that promise ‘because I REALLY don’t know who I might want to marry when I grow up.’

  6. I’ve gotten to know Randy while working at the LINCS day program and at the Davidson Homes office. Everyone loved Randy! He was always ready to give hugs and high fives and was very serious about his position as ‘Safety Inspector’ of LINCS. Randy will be missed….but I’m so grateful to know that he now has no pain….and no need for his wheelchair!

  7. I met Randy many times at Beth and Tommy’s house. I loved his personality and he was always smiling and happy. He was blessed to have Beth and Tommy as his caregivers. They loved him like their own and he was definitely a member of their family. My condolences to the family.

  8. Whenever I saw Randy he was quick with a smile and a handshake. I remember when we were really young, maybe 6 or 7, we all went to the Cyclorama in Atlanta. He didn’t want to be in his wheel chair but we kept telling him it was great because we all got to sit in the best spot! Once we got there he was just beaming that he was the reason we were seated in the best spot. 🙂 He will be missed but I am so glad he is no longer in pain and that he has the most awesome seat in heaven without the need of his wheelchair.

  9. i had the privledge of taking total care of Randy { Randini } wilson for 6 years, never have i meet a better man and im sure i never will. i am a better man for getting that privledge. the talks we had touched my heart every day, im sure RANDINI that you are running like the wind, just like you wanted to buddy. from now on every time the wind blows im gonna consider it you showing me you are running. love you RANDINI

  10. Randy and I grew up together. I tried to steal his hot wheel when I was little and my sister and I ran him up and down the road in his wheel chair. We even strapped him to a go cart and he wrecked it into a tree. No matter what we did. If Randy got caught in the rain or hit a tree or if we got him stuck in the mud he ALWAYS smiled. He never held a grudge and he never stayed mad for long. He had the most wonderful, forgiving, beautiful heart. Randy loved people (especially pretty girls) and he drew people in with his wonderful personality. Randy you are so missed. We love you so much. There is comfort in knowing that you are with our family in heaven. We can’t wait to see you again Randy. We will run and dance and play and eat strawberries until we drop. Love Uncle Bart, Portia, Melissa and Deirdre.

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