Francis Linwood Wilson of Cordova, MD passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the age of 83.
He was born on February 27, 1938 in Trappe, MD to Noah Maurice Wilson and Alice Ophelia Banks Wilson. He received his education from Talbot County Public Schools and graduated from Robert Russa Moton High School with the class of 1957.
Francis was a life-long member of Scotts United Methodist Church in Trappe, MD where he served as a member of the Trustee Board.
In July of 1962, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Florence Virginia Foreman. They made their home in Easton, MD until he finished building their present home in Cordova, MD. From this union they were blessed with two children.
Standing on a pine block, Francis started experimenting cutting hair on family members with the old hand clippers. He began to practice his craft at Martin Wilson's Barber Shop and earned his Apprentice License while training under the late Martin Wilson as he worked full time at Essay Poultry Plant in Cordova, MD. A few years later, he went to work at Herman Hines Barber Shop on West Street, Easton, MD. While working under the late Herman Hines, he earned his Master Barber License from The Salisbury Barber School in Salisbury, MD. In 1963, at the age of 25, his life long dream came to fruition when he opened his own business on West Street, a small shop in the back of the Elk's Home building. In 1977, at the age of 39, he purchased his own building and set up shop at 18 Glenwood Avenue, Easton, MD where he has been operating his Barbering trade for over 40 years. For over 55 years he has been a professional Barber specializing in cutting men's hair. He was also skilled in cutting and styling women's hair, arching their eye brows and giving them facials. He provided these services for all ethnic groups. He kept up with the latest trends in the Barbering Trade by attending seminars throughout the Continental United States.
Throughout his entire life, he has been blessed. So, in turn, he blessed others. Several persons received their Apprentice status under his tutelage: his cousin, the late Charles Banks; his nephew, Edward Roberts, Sr.; the late Carlton Jones and the late James Edwards. Because of his extraordinary barbering skills, he was honored to have served as the Barber Inspector for five years on the Eastern Shore from Port Deposit, MD to Crisfield, MD. Francis also volunteered his services to his clientele in the hospitals, nursing homes, and in their homes. He was proud that his daughter Lisa earned her Cosmetology License and thankful that he had a business from which she could start her career. She didn't have to start from scratch like he did.
Mr. Wilson also served as an Independent School Bus Contractor for Talbot County for over 25 years.
In addition to family vacations, Francis enjoyed taking friends out fishing on his boat. There was a plaque he proudly displayed: Born to Fish...Forced to Work. He enjoyed being a photographer. He was also a founding member of the Talbot Royals Motorcycle Club, Easton, MD.
In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Camper and Vivian Roberts; three brothers, Norman Wilson, Edward Wilson and Wilbert Wilson.
Francis leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and dedicated wife of 59 years, Florence of Cordova, MD; three daughters, Fenolla Wilson, Bridgeville, DE; Shelia Spears (Kevin), Brockton, MA; Lisa Spears (Landius), Cordova, MD/Saylorsburg, PA; one son, Derrick Askins, Queens, NY; two granddaughters who are his special jewels, Kerwyn Spears and Kendryck Spears, Woodland Hills, CA; two sisters, Mable Green, Cambridge, MD, Tamsey Miller (James), Trappe, MD; two brothers, Quentin Wilson (Bertha), Easton, MD; Herbert Wilson, Trappe, MD; a nephew that he mentored, Edward Roberts, Sr.; three sisters-in-law, Marilyn Wilson, Trappe, MD; Theona Hall, Cambridge, MD; Gloria Keeling (John), Queenstown, MD; three brothers-in-law, Daniel Foreman, Easton, MD; Grant Price, Jr., Cordova, MD; Charles Samuel Price (Gail), Harrisburg, PA; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.