Dr. Howard L. Wilson (Retired Lt. Col.)
NOMINATION TO THE
COLUMBUS HALL OF FAME
I will nominate Dr. Howard & Serena M. Wilson for the
City of Columbus, Ohio Hall of Fame Spring 2019.
I am asking friends, co-works & family to write me a note
with a something you learned from either of them, funny story,
a fond memory or what ever you want to say.
I am putting the notes in two books
For my father:
"Son of a Coal Miner &
West Virginia Pioneers"
For my Mother:
"Serena Wilson's Golden Legacy"
Howard L. Wilson
Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Mentor
April 12, 1933 to June 1, 2013
"Together Again Celebration of Life"
was June 15, 2013 10:00 am at
Bethel Temple Ministries Pastor Dane Clark,
2840 Lockbourne Rd Columbus OH 43207
Born April 12, 1933 to
Louise & Thomas J. Wilson in
Bramwell, West Virginia.
In high school, he excelled in sports.
He played 13 different instruments and
was the concert & was the
marching band director.
He played both football and directed
the marching band during the
football game’s half-times.
Howard Lee was one of four teenagers
selected to play for the
WV/VA Baseball League and was
awarded the Babe Ruth Foundation
Award for excelling in 3 different
He was salutatorian of
Bluestone High School Class of 1951.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at
Tau Chapter of WVSC.
He participated in ROTC and
graduated from WVSC with a
BA in Music and was lead in the
ROTC Choir under the
direction Prince Amhed Williams.
He was commissioned as a
LLieutinant in the US Army and going to
Baumholder, West Germany as his first assignment.
He married Serena M. Strother
after a 3 year courtship.
He & his wife, Serena (Strother) Wilson
married May 28th, 1955
at the Christ the King Catholic Church
in Dunbar, WV.
The bride was given away by
the president of WVSC,
Dr. Wallace & Serena’s older half-brother,
witnessed by the Wilson family
& all their collegiate friends.
* (In 2010 confirmed by U.S. Census
Fred was her nephew)
He received his Masters Degree
when he was stationed
in KY and his honorary Doctorate of Law Degree
West Virginia State University
after he assisted in changing
the WVS College to a WCS University.
He was the 1st National President
of WVSU Alumni Association.
Their children are daughters
Maria Denese Wilson-Tate,
Teresa & former husband,
Calvin G. Kemp, Jr.,
Jasmine adopted daughter
and their late son,
Howard Anthony Wilson.
The grandchildren are the late
Angel Coleman, Stephen
& wife La Toya Wilson,
Tanisha Thomas, Calvin H. Kemp,
Kir Kemp Whatley Curry, Amber Wilson,
Natasha Wilson Sullivan.
Howard & Serena’s great grand children
are Jamel Thomas Joyce, Odell, Anthony,
Keante, Stephen Howard Wilson Jr.,
Trey Yates, Daniel Tyler Wilson,
Brandon Black, James Antley.
Ret. US Army Lt. Col., he served in
Korea, Germany, Vietnam & USA.
His decorations include Meritorious Service,
Bronze Star, Air Medal with
5 Oak Leaf Clusters &
Gallantry Cross Medal
with Palms to name a few.
After serving 20 years, he retired,
moved to Columbus, OH
& worked 20 years for the
Department of Public Safety as
Deputy Safety Director
where he supervised the Administration
Operations of the Divisions of
Police and Fire Departments
for the City of Columbus, OH.
Howard, Serena & Teresa Kemp (their daughter), were
co-owners of Plantation Quilts & Gifts. Together they did exhibitions, historic presentations, and preservation
work of the families European, African, Gullah-Geechee
& Appalachian nationwide
Teresa continues exhibiting the family legacy.
Member of the Path Ministry,
Silver Honoree Club WVSU,
inducted in the WVSC ROTC
Hall of Fame in 1984,
Life member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,
Kappa Alpha Psi Columbus Alumni Chapter,
WVSU Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi,
Airport Golf Course Rainmaker Golf Club,
NAACP, Liberty High School Alumni Assoc.,
Inducted in WV Black
High School Hall of Fame,
WVSU State University Foundation Board
Honorary Director (Retired),
2005 WVSU Alumnus of the Year
In Lieu of Flowers
Send donations to Wilson Jefferson
WVSU Foundation Inc.
200 Erickson Alumni Center
P.O. Box 1000 Institute, WV 25112
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kenneth Howard Endowed Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 151232 Columbus, Ohio 43215
Link for more information:
Memorial Photos on Face Book: UGRR Secret Quilt Museum
Serena wrote several articles that were
published about her ancesters in
America, as Glynn County, GA slaves,
Peter and Eliza Farrow, formerly Igbo
and Eliza from Dahomey, were called
the Gullah-Geechee people.
They purchased their freedom following
the death of their second owner and worked
as abolitionist via the Underground Railroad.
Serena (Strother) Wilson
March 18, 1934 - Feburary 9, 2012
Wife, Mother, Quilter, Historian, Griot, Researcher
Serena was born to Milton J. Strother & Mary Eva (McDaniel)
Strother in Edgefield, South Carolina.
She was one of Milton's 17 children by 2 wives.
With Martha Pixley, Milton Stother had 11 of the children,
9 of them were born before 1900.
In 1929, when Martha died,
he married Mary Eva McDaniel & had 4 children,
Viola, Serena, Benjamin, William (Lammy) Strother.
Visit FamilySearch.org enter Milton Strother to see our ancestry on Serena's family side and William Jefferson to see Howard's side of our family.
Serena spent her formative years in Edgefield, SC, visiting her grandpartents Nora & William McDaniel in McCormick, SC. She went by bus to Philadelphia, PA and lived with Mr. Gavazie & Mrs. Sarah (Greene) Quatlebaum (her sister), shown below.
She graduated from Liberty High School in Williamson, WV.
where Fred & Serena Strother raised
her until she left to attend
West Virginia State College in Institute, WV.
In 1953, Serena attended West Virgina State College in Institute, WV
where she pledged AKA sorority as
her sisters did before her.
While at West Virginia State College
(from 1952-1955) She met the love of her life,
Howare Lee Wilson of Bramwell, WV.
Below Serena was Ms. ROTC. while at WVSC
Serena was courted by Howard a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and after three years, they were married
on May 28th, 1955 in Dunbur, WV.
It was prior to him being commissioned
as a new Lieutinant
in the US Army and going to Baumholder,
West Germany, his first assignment.
She later graduated from Bluefield State College
in Bluefield, WV in June of 1968 with a
BS Degree in Elementary Education.
She returned to Germany with her husband and 3 children,
Maria Denese, Teresa Renee and Howard Anthony.
Her aunt Ozella McDaniel Williams made several trips to Germany
to make sure that Serena and her children
knew and was teaching the family
legacy and traditions to her three children.
She toured museums, cathedrals
and historical sites
interpreting them from her unique point of view. We went to cathedrals, libraries, museums, monuments and toured 4 countries.
Dr. Ozella McDaniel Williams
Sarah Quattlebbaum my mother's
older sister, also visited the
family in Germany and sent gifts
she had sewn while working for
the Singer Sewing
Machine Company in Philadelphia, PA.
She pointed out slave built structures not just
African Slaves but all nationalities
of people including
Jews brought to Rome, Italy from Isreal.
She pointed out relavent
artifacts, documents, resources exploited and
building techniques, stolen from Africa.
Serena completed a Master's Degree from Wayne State University
in Detroit, MI in 1973 in Psychology and Guidance (distant learning program).
With a passion and love for education, she taught, in European &American schools
more than 40 years.
Completing more than 60 hours of
graduate work in
the School of Administration and
Special Education at
the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Serena continued taking courses to better
document her family's UGRR legacy.
Serena and Howard sponsored
and became God
Parents to three students from
Obika family of the
Igbo Group in Nigeria, Africa and
countless other youth that are
now great world citizens.
Serena teaching the teachers in
Ghana, West Africa
below on research trip.
After retiring from the Columbus Ohio
Board of Education in 2000,
she continued being a faithful member of many organizations
and her passion for history research and quilting.
Serena was co-owner and CEO of the Plantation Quilts & Gifts.
As a family, they have conducted programs and workshops
telling how the Farrow-McDaniel Secret
UGRRQuilt Code, handed down
through her family, helped enslaved people
escape from Southern plantations.
Since starting the lectures in 1970's,
they have conducted over
4,000 programs in colleges, universities, libraries, historical societies,
quilting groups, NPS sites and private
and international / national governmental
organizations throughout the United States.
Serena's paternal grandfather David Richardson Strother's
had Rockhill Plantation the highest
grossing in SC 1850-1960.
David Strother (1814-1870)
When the family had a reunion in
Edgefield, SC the
family heard stories about David and his granddaughter
Sallie Strother (DAR Historian)
married a Dr. Hollingsworth.
Her granddaughter Lynn Booram,
did a great presentation at the Family Reunion and when
asked how she knew so much about our family...
She replied "I;m your cousin Lynn!"
Everyone laughed and hugged.
In 2005, she opened the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit in
Atlanta, GA with Howard and her daughter, Teresa Kemp.
She continued the UGRR Secret Quilt Code
Museum Traveling Exhibits and
lectures until her death
in Feburary 2012 in Columbus Ohio.
Serena wrote several articles that were published about her ancesters in America, as Glynn County, GA slaves.
Peter and Eliza Farrow, formerly Igbo and Eliza from Dahomey, in America, were called the Gullah-Geechee people.
They purchased their freedom following the death of their second owner and worked as abolitionist via the Underground Railroad.
Serena Strother Wilson's Affiliations:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Golden Soror,
National Museum of African American History and Culture,
Bluefield State College, Columbus Kappa Alpha Psi Silhouettes,
Drayton Hall Historic Society, Friends of Freedom,
Edgefield Historic Society, Liberty High School, OSU Alumni
Association, Martin Luther King Center, Morgan State University,
National UGRR Freedom Center Life Member, National NAACP,
Quilter’s For Christ, Perish House Quilters, OSU Penn Women,
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Wayne State
University Alumni Association, WVSU Alumni Association,
Inductee West Virginia High School Hall of Fame
History Maker, Education & Art
Serena's name is on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, AL.
Dont forget the
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
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