Bobby G. Wilson passed away February 12, 2019. A time of fellowship and remembrance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 82 years at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel.
Bobby Gene Wilson was born August 4, 1936 to Walter Wilson and Oma Alexander, in Midland, Texas. He grew up in Midland and graduated from Midland Lee High School in 1955.
Bobby was an entrepreneur his whole life. At the young age of twelve years old, he started a leather-making business selling belts, wallets, and purses to classmates and teachers. He was very successful and at one point his profits were more than the teacher’s salaries. After graduation he married and started a family and began working in the oil fields. He transitioned into a new business adventure opening a boot shop. Later he started a demolition business where he began to travel around Texas tearing down businesses. He eventually settled in Lubbock and continued to start new businesses from a secondhand store to a flea market, apartment building owner and operator, double-decker bus hamburger stand, to the Old Town Café restaurant and party house.
After the 1970 tornado, Bobby cleared 36 city blocks for the civic center projects in Lubbock, TX. The interstate went through in 1984-1994 and Bobby removed 100 plus buildings to make way for the I-27 highway working with the granite construction and TX DOT. He cleared 96 city blocks for the Riverwalk project in San Antonio, TX. Bobby owned boot shops in Midland and Hobbs, New Mexico. After the White Swan fire devastated the store on east 34th, Bobby owned a grocery salvage store.
Bobby Wilson loved building and creating new businesses. After retirement he continued to work on his property building rent houses and being a land lord. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Bobby was proceeded in death by his father; mother; brother, James Wilson; son, Benny Wilson; granddaughter, Cassandra Marrow; and great-grandson, Michael Wilson Jr.
He is survived by his sons, Bobby Wilson Jr and Terry Wilson; daughters, Debbie Wilson, Cindy Alexander, Emily Ramos, Deena O’Guinn, Erica Gutierrez and Patricia Mendoza; and many sons and daughters-in-law along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.