And then I realized that to be more alive I had to be less afraid
so I did it… I lost my fear and gained my whole life.
— Author Unknown
Charles Mitchell Wilson peacefully departed this life on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Frederick Memorial Hospital with his wife and his son Jeffery by his side. He was born on July 17, 1963 to the late Charles and Edith Wilson in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mitch as, he was affectionately called by his wife, did not stand on formalities and hated anything that took too long, so here are the highlights: He spent most of his childhood years in Rockville and later in Germantown, Maryland in the Middlebrook Community. He was educated in the Montgomery County Public School system until there was a parting of the ways and Mitch was later educated at the Augusta Military academy. Mitch spent most of his working years in construction or the car care business until his disability in 2006. While not a regular church attendee in recent years, Mitch gave his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized in the Christian faith. Mitch lived his life enthusiastically and unapologetically. Some would say he had nine lives. It was his custom to speak his mind in all situations, and he had no filter.
His loves in life were classic cars, high speed motorcycles, washing/detailing cars, and anything he could clean. He would wipe his car truck down numerous times while he waited for his wife to finish shopping. He also never met a vacuum cleaner he didn’t love. His claim to fame in the kitchen was chili. He delivered numerous batches to waiting customers this past November and had request line up that he didn’t get to fulfill. While his friends and acquaintances gave him many titles and nicknames, his most beloved title was Grandpa. That name would make him giggle all day. He loved taxiing the grandchildren to school and day care and he taught them at an early age to wipe their feet on the car mats and not to put fingerprints on the windows. Mitch had a love and kinship with all children and recently added two more to his periodic daycare duties, his niece’s children, Carter and Rylee Sonnefeld. Mitch loved helping people and he was never happy until he was broke from helping someone in need. He would rarely pass a homeless person on the street and kept money in his truck to pass out at stop lights. Because of his generosity, he was relegated to one credit card for which he could only use to purchase gas.
He leaves to mourn their loss, his devoted wife of twenty-one years, Shirl; three sons, Antonio Evans, Jeffery Lee, II (Tasha), and Christopher Wilson; seven grandchildren, Anthony, Aniya, and Amire Evans; Ta’Nya and Ta’Mya Pryor, and Titus and Talon Lee; three brothers, William, Craig, and Joseph Wilson; three sisters, Arsonia Plummer, Iola Wilson, and Melissa Gassaway; in-laws, Rev. C. Glenn Taylor, Geraldine Taylor; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Sonja) and Glenn (Loretta) Taylor; step-mother, Rosslyn Wilson; great aunt, Bernice Wilson; god-son, Jordan Taylor; numerous other aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends.
I am not for everyone. I know my truth, I know who I am,
I know what I do and do not bring to the table.
I’m not easy to deal with but I do bring tons of value.
I bring love and strength, but I am not perfect,
and if I don’t fit in with a person or group that is okay with me.
— Sylvester McNutt III
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