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Memorial for Bro. Alex Wilson

by Bennie Hill

ALEX VOGT WILSON (1937-2017)  What a tribute was given to Alex Wilson at his memorial service on Saturday, February 25th at the Portland Christian School on Westport Rd. following his homegoing on Monday, February 20th.  Every song sung and testimony given reinforced what a servant of the Lord Alex was and has been throughout his life.    For almost the last half of his life, Bro. Alex served as minister of the Portland Avenue Church of Christ, having retired about five years ago.  Bro. Bill Heid led singing about joy as Alex stands “Face to Face” with the Savior and our joy as we anticipate “When We All Get to Heaven.”  Bro. Earl C. Mullins reminded us of the giants – “great cloud of witnesses” so connected to Bro. Alex – C.V. Wilson (his dad), R. H. Boll, Frank Mullins, Jesse Wood and many others.  Bro. Dick Lewis reminded us of Alex’s sense of humor, dry wit, and sheepish grin.  And his son, Dan Wilson spoke of his example in the home and his hope whether in the Philippines or on vacation of facing tomorrow. What a testimony of His glory – “To God Be the Glory.”

Bro. Gary Butts spoke of Bro. Alex behind the scenes and what an encouragement he  was to him personally as current minister of Portland Ave. Church of Christ – a true prayer warrior.  Bro. Julius Hovan testified to Bro. Alex’s “Victory in Jesus” as he has conquered death and is experiencing life eternal.   As voices lifted in singing “When Peace Like a River,” we were reminded of Bro. Alex’s desire for each of us – God’s peace.

It is interesting and fortunate for me that the same three years I attended Portland Christian High School were the three years Alex  taught there – 1960-1963.   In 1963 he and Ruth went to the Philippines where they served as missionaries for 20 years.  While minister at Portland Ave. Church of Christ, Alex stayed very closely connected with the school and the Word and Work magazine following such men as Stanford Chambers, R.H. Boll, E.L. Jorgenson, J.R. Clark, Gordon Linscott, and Robert Heid as editor.   What a blessing it has been to me as “News and Notes Editor” to work so closely with Bro. Alex sharing in his contagious laughter and love for both people and the written word.

The service was ended with a reminder of gifts that can be given to Portland Christian School as well as Central Bible Seminary in the Philippines.

-Bennie Hill



     Bro. Alex Wilson  was one of the Editors of Word and Work. In fact, he was the last editor of the  print  edition of  Word and Work. Below is the obituary for  Bro. Wilson.

If anyone wants to write a “tribute,” or share  some life experiences they shared  with Bro. Alex, we would like to print them in the Word and Work Online.  each of the previous editors of  Word and Work had a memorial issue.  Send  any comments or  tributes  to  either Larry Miles  or Sandra Naugle.

ALexWilsonAlex Vogt Wilson , 79, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017. He was born June 9, 1937 to Carl Vogt Wilson and Alexina Robinson Wilson. In 1946 Alex received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. As a boy and young man he took Bible classes from R.H. Boll of Portland Ave Church of Christ. He graduated from Portland Christian H.S. and Wheaton College (IL). He then taught at PCHS for three years. In 1963 he and Ruth went to the Philippines where they served as missionaries for 20 years. Alex taught at the Central Bible Institute; co-pastored at Central Gospel Chapel, and worked among college students in Manila. Upon returning to Louisville he and Ruth ministered at the Portland Avenue Church of Christ for over 30 years. He also edited the Word & Work magazine and taught at the School of Biblical Studies.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Francis Longenecker (Richard). He is survived by his wife of 55 years Ruth Wood Wilson and their 3 children, Steve (Ruby, deceased), Joy (Danny) Van Nes and Dan (Laura); grandchildren, Matt (Janaya), Alexina, Johnmark, Zach and Mary Wilson; Corbin and Lindsey Van Nes; Bryant and Benjamin Wilson, and one great-grandchild, Roman.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Portland Christian School, 8509 Westport Road, Louisville KY 40242. Visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m. at the same location.

Donations in memory of Alex may be made to Portland Christian School or to Central Bible College (Philippines) via Church of Christ World Wide, PO box 54842, Lexington KY 40555

-Larry Miles, Co-Editor Word and Work



One Response to “Memorial for Bro. Alex Wilson”

  1. Such a fitting tribute to a great man of God.

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