- October 25, 1925 - February 21, 2015
- Spartanburg, South Carolina
of John's Passing
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“Dear and precious Rhodabelle
This is your old friend and brother. Ed Lacy. I am actually writing from North Alabama tonight. Even as I was preparing...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Ed Lacy Ministries - Mobile, AL
“Just now seeing this. I'm so sorry. Bro. John preached several different revivals in the churches my husband pastored, and he always stayed in our...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Bernice Archie - Petsl, MS
“We feel so privileged to sit under the teaching of John Wilton. We learned so much that increased our faith and knowledge of the scriptures. I can...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Linda and Gary Wallace - Newberry, SC
“To all the Wilton family, I'm so sorry to here of the passing of your dad . We can rejoice in knowing that right now Bro John is singing and praising...Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Cecil And Kaye Rushing - LA
“The Wilton family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of this great Christian man.
We have been blessed to know him and his family through the...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: Don and Sonia Ellis - Huntsville, AL
“To all of the John Wilton family, Ronnie and I mourn with you the loss of your beloved Rev. Dr. John Wilton. Although it's been a while since we've...Read More »
6 of 52 | Posted by: Georgie Simmers - Port Allen
“We share with you in mourning the passing of one greatly loved by us and many others in the Huntsville, AL area. We first met Brother John and...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: John & Grace Ann Butler
“RhodabelleWords could not express and eternity will only judge the impact that John has had on me, my family and ministry. He became a friend and...Read More »
8 of 52 | Posted by: Tom & Laurie Gibson - Mobile, AL
“Extending our love and prayers to the Wilton family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
9 of 52 | Posted by: Franklin & Melba Martin - AL
“Bro. Wilton will be remembered as one of fine character, full of Gods love. His legacy will be seen in his children and grandchildren. I know he will...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Mary Cobb - Meridianville, AL
“Dear Don & Karyn,
I did not know your dad personally, but know the evidence of his love and character through the two of you and from my dad, John...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: Ranie Good - Wilmington, DE
“What a fine man of God I was privileged to hear this fine man of God speak several times. May God's blessings be with you Dr. Wilton and your family...Read More »
12 of 52 | Posted by: Bill Cloninger - Simpsonville, SC
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
13 of 52 | Posted by: Ronnie and Amelia Wall and Family
“Dear Wilton Family
My...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: Kathy Lollis - Wellford, SC
“Dr. Don Wilton and family I remember your Dad when I worked at The Cove Gate house in Asheville. He stopped in and talked with me and how blessed I...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Tim Gibson - Parrottsville, TN
“I did not know John, but knowing Murray gives me a good account of the woks of John Wilton. We affect everyone eventually by our actions now. ...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Charles Hagen - Huntsville, AL
“What a joy to have prayed many times with my friend John Wilton. He was such an encourager to me. I loved him deeply. May The Lord Jesus blanket the...Read More »
17 of 52 | Posted by: Dave Walton - Spartanburg
“Wilton Family:Though I never had the honor or privelege of meeting Dr. John I was privileged to hear one of his sermons at FBS and it was wonderfful....Read More »
18 of 52 | Posted by: A friend
“We only had the opportunity to hear John preach once at the Fellowship in Huntsville. The thing that stands out about that memory is John's love of...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Kim and Ralph Mitchel - MD
“A very good friend & mentor was called to be with the Lord Saturday.Greatly going to miss John. LOVED him & his sweet wife Rhodabelle. Prayers lifted...Read More »
20 of 52 | Posted by: Darryl & Jane Everette - SC
“Mrs. Wilton has been a long time client of ours for many years. We were always struck by how strong the connection was between her and Mr. Wilton....Read More »
21 of 52 | Posted by: Carolina/Maria Gonzalez - SC
“I only heard you speak once on WSPA in the absence of your son Dr. Wilton at FBC! The Encouraging Word. What a blessing. Praying for your sweet...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: Peg Howell - Burnsville, NC
“I cannot put into words,the tremendous impact that his teaching and his life has had on my life, and so many others.I have always considered Brother...Read More »
23 of 52 | Posted by: Ed and Dianne Lacy - Mobile, AL
“TO RHODABELLE AND ALL THE FAMILY,
JOHN WAS A DELIGHT FROM THE FIRST MEETING WITH HIM SOME THREE DECADES PAST. HE WAS ALSO THE BEST PREACHER I HAVE...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: Dr. Joe Nesom - JACKSON,, LA
“Brother John and Rhotobelle were always such a blessing when visiting Huntsville. I loved to hear his heartfelt teaching and his visits will be...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Greg and Brenda Perkins - AL
“In high school I would skip sunday school at the hangar to come and hear Pastor John teach. Never before had I heard an older man preach faith and...Read More »
26 of 52 | Posted by: Ryan Vangsnes - Athens, GA
“I felt that I was just an arm's length away from touching Jesus when I was holding John's left hand in that hospital bed 2 weeks ago. I could sense...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Jim Gardner - Spartanburg, SC
“Pete and I send our love and prayers to your family! We pray for the Holy Spirit to bring you great comfort at this time of loss. What a powerful...Read More »
28 of 52 | Posted by: Pete and Jean Aylor - Spartanburg, SC
“Murray and Rachel,
My prayers are with you during this time. The legacy of Rev. John Wilton is amazing! Wish I could be with you during this time.
29 of 52 | Posted by: Lady Di - Meadville, PA - Friend
“Wilton Family: We know that your hearts are heavy but your patriarch is rejoicing in heaven tonight and forever. We will pray for your family as you...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: Steve & Carolyn Parris - SC
“Our Prayers are with each one of you.He was a good man. Well Served Rev. John Wilton. The Skalicky FamilyGreenville....
31 of 52 | Posted by: Janice & Mark Skalicky - SC
“To the Wilton family, All of you are in my prayers as God comforts you in the days ahead.
32 of 52 | Posted by: Denna Dunning - Inman, SC - none
“What a loving and great man. He loved the Lord and His family beyond measure.
Loved our discussions on the book of Revelations in particular the...Read More »
33 of 52 | Posted by: Bill Tillman - Huntsville, AL
“What a great joy it has been to have John in my life as a friend and brother in Christ. He is a remarkable man in many ways and it has always been a...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Dr. Robert P. Baker, Th.D. - AL
“Dr.John will be missed by family and friends. Dr.John and Rodabelle went on many trips that I went on. Bible Study,Canada and The Cove. It was a joy...Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Blanch Corbin - Spartanburg, SC
“What a godly man! I loved to hear Rev. Wilton peach God's Word... such wisdom. Our lives were truly blessed by having known John. He was one of God...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: Sharon Duncan - Spartanburg, SC
“I was always blessed by Rev. John's messages as he preached. His messages were so clear to understand and left lasting impressions in my heart. I...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: Deborah Irvin - Moore, SC
“PRAYERS for you all. We love you so much Ms Rhodabelle :)
38 of 52 | Posted by: Tina & Chandler Lancaster - SC
“I have heard Dr. John Wilton deliver God's message for the hour on TV several times, and was truly blessed. He can now say with the Psalmist,
The...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Ruby Fowler - SC
My "VERY DEAR FRIEND" :
Being a sinful human being, I am selfish enough to want to be ABLE to bring you back as JESUS did for Lazarus.
...Read More »
40 of 52 | Posted by: JOHN E. VERNON - SPARTANBURG, SC
“We have always enjoyed hearing Dr.John proclaim the Word of the Lord when he filled in for Dr.Don.You are all in our prayers.Take comfort for Dr....Read More »
41 of 52 | Posted by: Sammy and Vera Crowe - Gaffney, SC
“Dear Mrs. Wilton and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you.
Although we never got to meet you, we experienced the love
of Christ that is eminent in...Read More »
42 of 52 | Posted by: karen bruening - new castle, PA
“DEAR DR. WILTON:
WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DR. JOHN. WE LOVE TO HEAR HIM
PREACH WHEN YOU WERE GONE. MAY GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY
...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: sam taylor - spartanburg, SC
“I have so many Precious Memories that I will always cherish , being greeted by Dr. John every Sunday in Sunday School, knowing that he had Prayed for...Read More »
44 of 52 | Posted by: Lana Merrill - Spartanburg, SC
“Dear family, We are so sorry for your loss but so thankful for the wonderful legacy Dr. Wilton has left behind . We enjoyed hearing him preach on...Read More »
45 of 52 | Posted by: Julie Folk - Inman, SC
“Celebrating a life well lived in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing that God's grace will sustain you in this time of loss.
46 of 52 | Posted by: Jay & Paula Nichols - Spartanburg, SC
“What a great blessing it has been knowing such a choice servant of the Lord. His loving smile and that kind voice will be missed but to be in the...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Jim and Elaine Mann
“I remember watching him preach at Dr. wiltons church, he was a Godly Man, and his sons are too. They were Blessed to have him in there lives as well...Read More »
48 of 52 | Posted by: Donna Wilson - Chesnee, SC
“What a wonderful 13 years of bible study taught by Dr. John we have been so blessed to be apart of. We could feel the compassion and urgency he felt...Read More »
49 of 52 | Posted by: Brenda Seay - Spartanburg, SC
“I will miss Pastor John but I know you are talking with the lord now.
50 of 52 | Posted by: Tammy hendricks - Gaffney, SC
“We will all miss your teaching and loving personality as we serve the Lord at First Baptist. However, we rejoice in your being with the Lord and...Read More »
51 of 52 | Posted by: Chester and Carolyn Lawson - SC
“Mrs Rhodabelle We have been truly blessed to have know Dr John & you the past few years.It has been a privilege to sit under Dr Johns indepth...Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: Marshall & Mary O'Shields - SC
Rev. Dr. John Dennis Wilton, beloved husband of Rhodabelle MacDonald Wilton, was carried by God's Angels into the presence of His Savior and Lord on February 21st at 3:25 PM.
John is not only survived by his wife of 65 years, but also his three sons, Dr. Rod Wilton, Dr. Don Wilton, and Dr. Murray Wilton, his three daughters' in law, Irene, Karyn, and Rachel, his nine grandchildren and his 18 great-grandchildren. Born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, John spent his early years as an avid and accomplished sportsman playing cricket, tennis, fishing in the Indian Ocean, and racing motor cycles. His 65-year marriage to his beloved "Nunu" can only be described as a perpetual love-affair. At age 32, John came to accept Christ as Savior and Lord and from that moment he lived out "I am crucified with Christ – nevertheless I live – yet not I, but Christ lives in me!" He and his beloved wife responded in full obedience to God's Word across the world. God's call led them to five wonderful Baptist churches in South Africa, followed by 32 years of powerful preaching and teaching across the United States. The last 15 years have seen his giftedness powerfully expressed through "Pastor John's" Sunday School class at First Baptist Spartanburg. His spiritual leadership has been openly sought out and has been seen in his election to serve as the President of South African Baptist Convention and in other capacities over the years.
John Wilton's spiritual legacy bears "fruit that remains." All three of his sons serve the Lord Jesus Christ with their wives in open obedience to God's commands. His grandchildren serve the Lord across the world and his great grands stand ready to receive the same legacy of faithfulness. To quote John Wilton: "The greatest tragedy in the world is for any person to die without Christ." We thank the Lord Jesus for you Dad! Your boys will take care of Mama!
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, 250 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306 on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 12 noon. This will be led by the Rev. Sal Barone and the Rev. Steve Skinner and co-directed by John Wilton's three sons.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials may be made to The Encouraging Word, whose purpose is "To Share God's Truth in our Searching World," c/o First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, 250 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.
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