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Before 98th birthday, Fountain man recalls life of service, music


Last updated 3/9/2021 at 12:27pm

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Robert 'Bob' Wilson is pictured in his younger days in this personal photo

Recently, I sat down to talk with Robert "Bob" Wilson, one of Fountain's oldest, most entertaining citizens.

"Did you know Roy Gray?" Wilson asked me at one point.

I said that I wasn't sure.

"He's the one who set up the jam sessions down at the VFW and the Legion," Wilson said. "He died at 102, I believe it was."

Wilson, who turns 98 years old on March 15, was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. He's been a resident of Fountain for decades, and still lives in the home he purchased in 1959. As we talked, he showed me some of his souvenirs, including a photo of him riding his horse, Duke, i...

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