Samuel Bright Wilson Jr.

September 14, 2019

CHARLOTTE – Samuel Bright Wilson, 88, died Sunday, September 14, 2019.   He was born in Shelby, NC, son of Samuel B. Wilson and Cleo Mauney Wilson.  He attended schools in Shelby and later the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Sam’s education was interrupted when he was drafted during the Korean War.  Following his military service he attended the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. 

Sam studied organ while at USC and would move to Charlotte where he first worked at Brodt Music Company.  Following a career with the City of Charlotte he returned to work at Brodt’s for several years.  A long-time member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sam was a member of the choir for fifty-seven years and served on the music committee numerous times over the years.  He studied organ with Dr. Richard Peek and played the organ for services at Covenant, Myers Park Baptist and Myers Park Presbyterian.

Music and Covenant were huge parts of Sam’s life.  He expressed his faith through music and had an extensive collection of choral records and C.D.’s.  Sam enjoyed reading historical English literature, going to the mountains in the fall, and his dogs, Daisy, Bailey and Shelby.

Sam’s affection for his family was closely followed by his love of his 1927 Buick as anyone who talked with him discovered very quickly.

Sam is survived by his wife, Emily Riddle Wilson; daughter, Elizabeth W. Holbrook and her husband, Paul; brother-in-law, Lewis Riddle; brother, LaMar Wilson and his wife, Carol; nephews, Mark Wilson and Jeffrey Ian Wilson; niece Laticia Riddle; and a great niece, Lily Riddle.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.

Memorials may be sent to the Music Fund or the Organ Fund at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Edward Mauney

    I am a cousin to “Sam or Sammy”, as we many time called him. My father was Herman, a brother to Cleo. When we lived in Kentucky, we always would spend Christmas in Shelby and stayed at Aunt Cleo and Uncle Sammy’s house. Sam and “Buz” were my favorite cousins. It was mentioned about his favorite antique Buick, “Roadie” and have rode in it many time. I did not realize but we both were alums of USC in Columbia.

    I got the word from cousin Richard Mauney and so sorry to learn of your loss. I have so many of wonderful memories of Sam. I know that he is now with his Maker.

    I am no on face book, but had my daughter Sandie Jones to reach to you. My contact is:
    Ed Mauney
    127 Hazelwood Dr
    Statesboro, Ga
    912-764-2315 res
    912-690-2073 cell

    All the best to the family.