Arthur Douglas “Doug” Wilson, Jr.

Our beloved Doug went to be home with his heavenly Father while surrounded by family on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Over the last year, he has fought his battle with cancer with strength, hope and a smile on his face accompanied by his usual humor no matter how he felt or the circumstance. Doug attended Church of the Highlands at the Fultondale Campus alongside his wife, Bobbye Wilson.  Among being a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, a 38 year Bellsouth retiree, a woodworking hobbyist, nature enthusiast and craftsman, he would tell you his highest honor was being “PPD”, which stands for “Paw-Paw-Doug.” He valued his family and others above all else, and to know him was to love him – you had no choice. He is known as PPD whether you are family, or not, since he is Paw-Paw to everyone. Doug is survived by his wife of 26 years, Bobbye Cary Wilson; sons, Todd Wilson (Jane), Michael “Mike” Wilson (Jennifer), Ross Wilson, Brandon Johnson (Candi) and Andrew Johnson (Crystal); sister, Linda Wilson; brothers, Norman Wilson (Darlene) and Rex Wilson (Sandy); 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Furbabies, Ike, Aubie & Luci. He is preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Bates Wilson and Arthur Douglas Wilson, Sr.

Services for Doug will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Charter Funeral Home Chapel from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for visitation with a service to follow.  He will be laid to rest in the Alabama National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his honor to one of his beloved charities – Greater Birmingham Humane Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and just keep smiling.


  1. Sheila L Freestone on May 13, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Aunt Bobbye,

    I am so sad to hear that you lost your precious husband. I just wanted to tell you that My love and thoughts are with you.

    I’m also including Marie and Keith in this since they both felt the same way when they heard the news,

  2. Ken Wilson on May 13, 2020 at 2:41 am

    We will miss you, Doug. You always had something to brighten everyone’s day at BellSoth.
    May God provide comfort and compassion to Bobby’s and your family.

  3. Bob { Butch} Wilson on May 13, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing, glad I was able to talk to him on the phone a couple of weeks ago. I have been praying for him to feel God’s peace, I know he did. glad I was able to see Doug, Bobbye,Mike and his wife at the cousin reunion a couple of years ago. Know I will continue to lift you in prayer in the days ahead.

  4. Vivianne (Swanson) Hoskinson on May 13, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear Father! May he rest in peace!

  5. Chuck Nelson on May 22, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I am sorry for you guys lost. While Doug was in Mobile we worked in Springhill ofc..together. He would drop by the house down DIP and shoot the bull as he often did, always a smile on his face. We will all miss him.

    Pam and Chuck Nelson
    Mobile, Al.