Ella Wilson

Ella Gordon Wyrick "Tiny" Wilson

Monday, May 29th, 1933 - Friday, May 3rd, 2019
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Ella (Tiny) Gordon Wyrick Wilson, 85, of Salem, died on Friday, May 3, 2019.

She was the wife of Dr. Bayes Wilson, retired superintendent of Roanoke County Schools. They would have celebrated their sixty-second anniversary this November.

Tiny was born in 1933 in Marion, Va. She spent her childhood and teen years in Marion before moving to Salem. She won several beauty pageants during her life in Marion including being Miss Marion of 1949. After moving to Salem, she modeled and worked for Smartwear Irving Saks and Sidneys clothing stores in downtown Roanoke along with modeling in several events. She and Bayes met in October of 1956 while he was teaching at William Byrd High School. They got married a year later on November 23,1957. Tiny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family and pets. She loved to shop at the malls utilizing her clothing fashion knowledge to ensure that she and her family were properly dressed.

She was predeceased in death by her parents, Grace Hawks Wyrick and Willis French Wyrick; sister, Elizabeth (Libby) Wyrick Andrews and husband, William; and sister-in-law, Joyce Wilson Dye and husband, James.

Surviving is her husband, Bayes Elwood Wilson; sons, David Wayne Wilson and wife, Kimberly, of Roanoke, and John Timothy Wilson and close friend, Dr. Dianna Curtis, of Centerville; grandchildren, Charles Everett Wilson and wife, Tina, of Roanoke, Ashleigh Brooke Wilson and her life partner, Joey Gonzalez, of Norfolk, Samantha Dawn of Roanoke, and Alex Gregory Wilson of Roanoke; great-grandson, Damien Austin Wilson of Roanoke; sister, Evelyn Wyrick Thompson of Salem; and sister-in-law, Nancy Wilson Young and husband, Bruce, of Williamsburg. Tiny was very fond of her many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed an especially close and loving relationship with great-grandson, Damien; niece, Donna Thompson Link of Radford; and good friend, Shirley Garst of Salem.

Special thanks are extended to the staff at Richfield Rehab for their caring medical services.

A period of visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Salem with Rev. Michael Houff, Rev. Jeff Dorsey, and Rev. Alan Combs officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Bayes E. Wilson Scholarship Fund of the Roanoke County Schools Education Foundation at 5937 Cove Road in Roanoke, Va. 24019. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 11:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    125 West Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Michael Houff
    Rev. Alan Combs
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Bob and Suzanne Young

Posted at 10:20am

Dearest Bayes, David, John and the entire Wilson family,

Bob and I are so very sorry to learn of Tiny’s passing. It is hard to get news, from home, here in Alabama but our mutual friend, Charlie Gwaltney, sent us this sad news. Our memories of Tiny, from the “good ol’ days”, were of such a lovely lady. She was always happy, feisty, funny and, genuinely, interested in what was happening in our lives. Mama and Daddy thought the world of you and Tiny. I know, were they here, they would be with you, now, to share in your grief. Salem is a lovely place to live made so by people like you and Tiny. We miss you !

Love, Bob and Suzanne (Burton) Young, 100 SunDog Farm, Northport, AL

Hunter Holliday

Posted at 04:51pm
The Salem High School Class of 1979 extends our condolences to Dr. Wilson, David, John and the Wilson Family.

Kenya Hawkins

Posted at 07:10pm
my prayers and condolences to the family of Mrs. Ella Wilson. i had the privilege of being Mrs. Wilson’s housekeeper twice at Richfield Rehab. despite what she was going through , she always made me smile and asked me how my days were . our small talks meant a lot to me and i was deeply sadden by her passing but i know she’s in Heavenly peace with our Lord and Savior and she continues to live on in our hearts .

Fred Eichelman

Posted at 10:50am
Carolyn and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Bayes Wilson, with a dear friend and the best boss we ever worked under.
He was a fantastic husband and caregiver for Ella who was a remarkable woman. We share his grief and send our love to him and all who were close to Ella, Tiny. Fred R. Eichelman, Ed. D.

Kimberly Ann

Posted at 03:31pm
Dear Uncle Bayes, David, John, Evelyn and families,
All of us in the Dye/Rutledge family send our deepest condolences in regards to your loss of Tiny. She was a warm, feisty and loving lady with a fabulous sense of humor! She will be missed tremendously by all of us here in Ohio. Please know that each and everyone of you are in our thoughts and prayers, even though we are unable to be there with you. May the good Lord comfort & bless you at this painful time.
With an abundance of love, Kimberly Dye Rutledge & the entire Buckeye Dye family...Akron, Ohio,

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