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Wilson, Garnett B.

Wilson, Garnett B.

February 3, 1919 — February 6, 2021

Garnett B. Hancock Wilson was born in Lexington, Missouri to William Austin, and Allie (Freeman) Hancock. When Garnett was 3 ½ years of age, her biological mother died. She was raised in a loving Christian home by her father, step-mother and grandmother.

In 1936, she graduated from Douglas High School in Lexington, Missouri. She attended Western University Junior College in Quindaro, Kansas where she graduated with an Associates Arts Degree in 1938. She continued her education at Emporia State Teachers College, graduating in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education.

Garnett’s long career the field of education began in 1941, her formal career as an educator began in the role of teaching principal in Norborne, Missouri in a two-room school for 1st through 10th grades. The following year she moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she remained for 39 years, shaping the minds of thousands of students at Booker T. Washington, Bruce & Yeager Elementary, and Lincoln and Paseo High Schools. She later received her Master of Arts Degree in Secondary School counseling from the University of Denver in 1951.

She became a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in 1942. A devout parishioner, she served in many capacities including; the church choir, Sunday School Teacher (for over 20 years), Chairwoman of the Re-Dedication Committee (raising funds for the church), the Trustee Board (24 years), and Memorial Wall Coordinator secretary for 22 years. Additionally she was the 1st Sunday Altar Card Coordinator, and Bible Study member.

Her civic activities include: life member of the NAACP, ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA Sorority (Diamond soror, the National Education Association (NEA), and the Midwest Lay Organization of AME churches.

Garnett married Thomas D. Wilson, Sr. in 1957 and the two celebrated 40 ½ years of marriage. Her memory will be cherished by her sons; Thomas D. Wilson, Jr. of Overland Park, KS; Gary D. Wilson, Kansas City MO; and C.W. "Gator" Harvey, (Claudia) of Orlando, FL. She is also survived by her sister Auline Ray of Wichita KS; nephews Dwayne Ray and Artis Ray (Shelly) of Wichita, KS. She had four granddaughters ; Kimberly Benton of Grandview, MO, and Megan, Wilson-Krznarich of Burlinson TX, Arika Harvey, Columbus OH, Alexandria McKinney (Carl); grandsons Maurice Harvey (Lyn) Columbus OH, Kenneth Harvey (Amalia) Huntsville, AL; Anthony Harvey, Birmingham, AL. Her legacy continues with nine great granddaughters, six great grandsons, and one great-great granddaughter.

Garnett B. Hancock Wilson created a lasting legacy of service to others that continues to positively impact the lives of thousands of people and students across the nation.

Visitation will be 4-6PM, Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd. Private services and burial.

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Visitation will be 4-6PM, Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd. Private services and burial.

Wilson, Garnett B.'s Guestbook

Mrs. Wilson was a stellar educator, and a pillar of the Kansas City Community, for many years. I was blessed to have her as my high school guidance counselor; and as a very close friend of my family. I will forever cherish her memory, as one who was faithful, loving and dedicated to everyone she touched!

Maelyn Miller Smith

As a child, I had the privilege of living with her at the home of my Aunt Jimmie Marie & Uncle Gilbert Thomas. Aunt Garnet was one the most compassionate & kind adults to grow up around; not only was she beautiful in appearance, but her beautiful spirit surpassed her appearance. I had the honor of traveling to KC from LA, for her 100th birthday party; to she her in her glorious years & witness all of the accolades that were bestowed upon her by the many lives she touched. She was truly an advocate for good! She will definitely be missed.

Sondra Gowder James

May The Lord comfort her family friends students and our community. A pioneer in education she was. Thank you for your service Ms. G. Wilson

Rodney Copridge

It was my supreme honor to be considered a friend of Mrs. Garnett Wilson. She was a true role model and a mentor for me. I first met Mrs. Wilson as a small child at Bethel A.M.E. Church thus I have watched her for most of my 69 years. I admired her intelligence, her strength, her determination that enabled her to get things done as they should be done, and her grace. She was kind, loving, fearless, and fun. We traveled together many times, and as she aged she sometimes needed assistance, and it was my honor to be there for her. I will miss her, but I know that she knew how much I loved and respected her.

Linda M Coleman

When I was a child she was always at the church. I was on the youth usher board, which she led and I remember her smile and her devotion to the church and I felt like she was a member of my family. Now as I think about Bethel A.M.E. the first thing that comes to mind is the impact she made in my life and the many lives she touched. Soar high Mrs. Wilson, soar high!

Vincent Nelson

Mrs. Wilson was an inspiring force for many students at Paseo High. She always raised the bar in scholastic achievements, and expected the best; no excuses were allowed. Thank you for your impartation in my life. You have earned your rest; from labor to reward! Put on your crown and tell the story how you made it over!

Roxanne Byers, Paseo Class of 1978

She was a wonderful counselor at Paseo High School, and pronounced my last name wrong at graduation. To my surprise she was at my Avila College graduation and grabbed my hand as I walked to the stage and said " they won't mispronounce your name this time". I'll always remember her beautiful smile everytime of think of that day. God bless the Wilson family.


Sister Garnett was such an inspiration to everyone and always had an encouraging word. I never heard her speak an unkind word about anyone . She led by example, was dedicated to her family and to her church and above all, demonstrated her love for God.

Al and Louise Waller

She was such a beautiful person and will be missed.

bernetta robinson

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