Lacey Carl Wilson, Jr, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Lacey was born in North Carolina on October 10, 1936. He spent his formative years on the N.C. farm or in the District of Columbia where he received his early education in the D.C. public school system. Lacey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at an early age and served honorably for thirteen years in Korea, Japan, the Mediterranean and stateside and achieved the rank of Gunnery sergeant. He continued his education while in the service and then furthered his higher education at Howard University. Using the skills and knowledge he had acquired, he pursued many avenues of interest during his lifetime. As a business consultant, CPA, entrepreneur, restaurateur, equestrian, professional photographer, a jewelry designer, and Tae Kwon Do instructor, his many talents were evident. Lacey was the owner of Double L Tack Shop and Wilson Farms in Fredericksburg VA.
Lacey led an exemplary life characterized by a high level of integrity, character, and professionalism. He touched many lives, mentored and guided youth and adults alike through his work at the Falcon’s Karate Club in Washington D.C. As The Grandmaster, Lacey Wilson, he continued his dedication to Tae Kwon Do and the Martial Arts. He was inducted into the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame and received the Regional Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment to his community. As owner of the World-Famous Florida Avenue Grill for 35 years, Lacey worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for others.
Lacey is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Linda; his 8 children, Donna Wilson, Debra Wilson and fiancé Sam, Diane Orciuoli and husband Leo, Denise Stone and husband Brian, David Wilson and wife Cindy, Dottie Savage and husband Jason, Douglas Wilson and wife Sheri, and Daniel Wilson and wife Catherine; brother Joseph Wilson; 14 grandchildren, Lisa, Kimberly, Melissa, Amanda, Michael, Christopher, Dylan, Ryan, Jason, Alex, Anthony, Erin, and Isabella; nine great-grandchildren, Eli, Jonathan, Nicholas, Chelsea, Nathan, Lily, August, Quentin, and Everly; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lacey Carl Wilson, Sr. and Bertha Wilson; sister Doris Ross; brother Kenneth Wilson; and granddaughter Christina Aloupis.
The family will receive friends fro 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial to follow in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be considered to your favorite charity or to a Military Veteran’s charity of your choice. e.g. Folds of Honor, Wounded Warriors Project, Freedom Honor Flights, or your local VFW.