Mildred Zachary Wilson of Highlands, age 100, took her last breath December 16th, 2021. She was born April 5th, 1921. She is survived by her beloved grandson John P. Tate, III of Sevierville, TN and Highlands, daughter Anne W. Tate (John) of Highlands, son Dennis F. Wilson (Sheryl) of Highlands, sisters Lilian Waller and Lucille Potts of Highlands. She is also survived by a host of special nieces and nephews. Three of these special individuals who helped, loved, supported and gave of their time through the years, Betty Fisher, Morris Reed and Kevin Waller. Her husband Curt, parents Lyman and Dora, siblings Mattie, Bernice, Ernestine, Rena, Lloyd, Jim, Carl and Claude predeceased her.
Mildred, along with her husband Curt Wilson, founded C.A. Wilson Electric Service of Highlands in 1948. C.A. Wilson Electric Service later evolved into Wilson Gas Service. Mildred actively worked within the company until her retirement in 1995. She remained part owner until her death.
Throughout her life she was involved in many civic organizations in her native town of Highlands. She served as secretary of the Highlands Cashiers Hospital Board, committee chair of Highlands Memorial Park, Highlands United Methodist Church treasurer, charter member of the Highlands Satulah Club and Highlands election poll official.
Mildred was passionate about, and loved, her family. She became the matriarch of the Zachary family upon the death of her parents. Her favorite times of the year were hosting large holiday family gatherings at her home. She was extremely well read. She was well traveled and spent alot of time traveling abroad. She was an avid Clemson University football fan and IPTAY supporter. She was an astounding businesswoman. She was strong, she was a leader, she was fiercely independent, she was driven, and she was capable. Her grandson, John, made certain that her forever wish to remain in her home until her death was honored.
A private family graveside memorial service will be held. Contributions in Mildred’s honor can be made to Highlands United Methodist Church P.O. Box 1959 Highlands, NC 28741.
Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mildred Wilson. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com
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