Andrew "Andy" Todd Wilson was born July 28, 1986, to Roger and Becky Wilson. Andy had one brother he loved very much, Adam Scott Mitchell. He also had two grandparents still living, Bill and Peggy Wilson. His other grandparents, Leonard and Bobbie Tindell had passed away.
As a youngster, he loved playing Jr. Pro basketball for his Papaw Bill at Carter. He also loved playing baseball. He started pitching left handed at the young age of seven years old at Holston Chilhowee Park.
Andy was a four-year letterman in baseball at Carter High School in which his senior year made first team all KIL as a pitcher. He had scholarship offers fro several local colleges.
He also played on the golf team at Carter where he also had a chance to play college golf at Cumberland College in Kentucky.
While in school at Carter, Andy loved helping others. His favorite class was helping some of the mentally challenged kids in his peer tutoring class. He took great pride with this class and loved these kids very much.
Andy was a third-generation officer with the Knox County Sheriff's Office. His Papaw Bill retired after 38 years as a Captain. His dad, Roger, is an Assistant Chief over the inmate workers presently and his brother, Adam, also works with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Andy's first love was playing softball and traveling around the Southeast each Friday to do so. The last tournament he played in was in Panama City, Florida where he played in the National Championship "B" tournament where he was named to the 1st team as an All American.
He also loved playing golf and he tried to play in the city open each year at Whittle Springs where one year he was lucky enough to win his flight.
Andy never met a stranger, young or old. He talked to everyone. He treated everyone with respect and loved to socialize with his friends and attend UT athletic events. The last one he attended being the SEC Championship game in Atlanta just a few weeks before his death.
There were several thousand people at Bridges Funeral Home the night of the service.This was followed by a 5.5 mile long procession the next day on the way to the gravesite.
Shortly after Andy's death, a group of his friends and family got together and started the Andy Wilson Scholarship Fund. The first event was a benefit wrestling match at the National Guard Armory put on by friend and wrestling promotor, Terry Landell. We also had a gospel singing from his church, Marbledale Baptist Church. Just recently the 4th Annual Andy Wilson Memorial Golf tournament at Three Ridges Golf Course was held and was a great success.
Through these events and others we have given out over $30,000 in scholarships just since starting this in 2008. We give one boy and one girl from Cater High School $2,500 each that participates in some type of sport and excels in the classroom and is well thought of by the Carter High School faculty. Each year at the golf tournament we recognize these students and give them each an additional $500 if they are still pursuing their college degrees. Our first female just recently graduated from Carson Newman and has already received a teaching job (Christie Griffey).
We also started a men's softball team named after Andy (#22) called TEAM 22. We play mostly benefit tournaments in Andy's honor. We also have sent nearly 200 children to play in the boys' World Series tournament since Andy's death. In 2008, we went to Texarkana where National Director, Mike Mason, placed Andy in the SSAA Boys Softball Team Hall of Fame. These young teams have also won three national tournaments and have several second and third place finishes. Andy's cousins, Phillip and Brandon, both play on the youth teams, while his brother Adam, plays on the men's team along with a lot of Andy's friends. The scholarship fund has also helped several people pursue their goals such as UT footballs Devrin Young with going to California to the Under Armour game and sending gloves, balls, and bats on the missionary trip to Ukraine from our church.
Andy's mom, Becky, also has found ways to make something good out of a bad situation. She visits the cemetery regularly along with Andy's Mamaw and Papaw. She trims up the gravesite and keeps it looking neat all the time just like Andy lived. She also has built a beautiful memorial garden in our front yard using Andy's favorite color of yellow and several angels, a wishing well, and white rocks.
In closing, Andrew Todd Wilson may be gone in person, but he will never be forgotten. He is our son, brother, grandson, teammate, and he will always be our hero, We love you #22 and we will honor you forever.
Last Sunday Morning God Reached Out His Everlasting
Hands and Called Home,
One of the Best Athletes That I Have Ever Known.
A Young Man with Great Talents and an Aspiring Ambition.
A Very Special Friend to Everyone, “Young Andy Wilson.”
Andy Competed in Softball, Just as He Lived His Youthful Life,
With Sincerity, Compassion, and Enormous Pride.
Andy Challenged Himself in Life with a Total Desire and Zest,
Just as He Did in Softball, to Always Succeed in any Endeavor He Tried and
Attempted to be the Best.
I Have Fond Memories of how Andy Played Softball to its Greatest Heights,
Always Hitting Home Runs Far and High whether it be Days or Nights
To Scamper in the Outfield like a Swift Free Spirited Deer
Attempting to Stop or Catch any Hit Ball, even though it might not always be near.
Andy Now Plays as an ANGEL in the Outfield for God on High,
Hitting Those Home Runs, Running Bases, and Catching all the Softballs in that
GREAT BALLFIELD in the Sky.
Andy is Patiently Waiting for that Joyful and Glorious Day,
When His Mom, Dad, Brother, Grandmother and Grandfather Again “Take a Trip”
to Watch Him Play.
Everyone Rest Assured that Andy is Watching Us with His Everlasting Smile,
Enjoying his “New Home” and Waiting All the While
For His Family and Friends to Rejoin and Rejoice Again
With Their Loved One and My Dear Friend.
In Honor and Memory of Andy Wilson
Sergeant Jack Kirkland
February 2, 2008