Ambers Wilson Jr.

September 27, 1934 ~ January 1, 2020

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Beloved husband and father, Ambers Wilson went to be with his Lord and Savior January 1, 2020.

Born in Johnson City, TN he devoted his life to serve the Lord.  He was an active member of Central Baptist Church and spent most of his adult life playing the piano for the church and any wedding or funeral he was ever asked to play.  God gave him the gift of music and when he played it was as if the Lord took over his hands and touched your soul.  He was also very active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and believed that God loves each and every one of us no matter who we are or what we have done.

He was the owner of Masengill’s which recently closed due to retirement.

He never passed up any opportunity to witness to any one he met.  He fought a hard battle to recover from recent health problems but stated that he was not afraid at all to die.  The Lord wrapped him in his arms and took him to his heavenly reward where there is no pain or sorrow, only joy.

Ambers was preceded in death by his father, Ambers, mother Camille; brother Steve Wilson and son-in-law Phillip Young.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marshall Thomas Wilson, and their four children, Karen Young, Kim Bakley, Torrey (Jim) McCroskey and Porter (Karen) Wilson.  Grandchildren are Evan Young, Marshall (Danielle)Young, Ethan Bakley, Camille Bakley, Monica Eastman, Lindsey Rodriquez, Holly (Taylor) Frick and six great grandchildren; siblings, Sylvia Wilson Speropulos, Robert Wilson and William Wilson.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4 at Central Baptist Church on Roan Street at 2 o’clock p.m. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the vestibule.   Pallbearers are Evan Young, Marshall Young, Ambers P. Wilson, Breslin Wilson, Ethan Bakley, Jim McCroskey and Paul Gray.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations to either Kairos Prison Ministry, PO Box 5206, Johnson City, TN  37602 or Gideons International, PO Box 3695, Johnson City, TN  37602-3695.


Memorial Service: January 4, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
300 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601


Visitation: January 4, 2020 3:00 pm

Central Baptist Church
300 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Ambers Wilson's name.

Gideons International

P.O. Box 3695
Johnson City, TN

Kairos Prison Ministry

P.O.Box 5206
Johnson City, TN

Memories Timeline


  1. Becky Copeland says:

    Karen, Mrs Wilson, and family, Mr Wilson was a giant of an individual. His passing will leave a gaping hole not just in Central Baptist Church but in the greater Johnson City community. He has left a legacy for us all – and we are all the better for it. My heartfelt condolences to all of you. Becky Copeland

  2. Janice Greenwell Mutton says:

    Ambers will always be in the hearts of the Greenwell family. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Elaine Graybeal Mock says:

    Bill and Bob, I live out of state but read the Johnson City obituaries every day and tonight I am saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Ambers (and I did not know about Steve either) I am so sorry. My family spent several decades growing up with you and I remember your family well. You are part of my life’s history. I offer you and yours my condolences. Elaine Graybeal Mock (daughter of Edward DeForrest and Mable Graybeal)

  4. Judi Taylor says:

    I was very sorry to hear of Ambers’ passing. He was an immensely kind man. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sally Maclane says:

    Mrs Wilson and all the family- Mr Wilson was such a kind talented man of God. So many memories of growing up at Central are of listening to his beautiful piano playing in many services. Our family was so blessed that he agreed to play for my fathers funeral in August. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Sally MacLane

  6. Laura Morris Graham says:

    One of the kindest, strongest, most gentle man I have ever known. His love for the Lord showed through his life on a daily basis. He will truly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing this godly man. Prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  7. Ron and Lil Hedderich says:

    Ambers had a positive influence on anyone he met. His beautiful music will always be remembered as will his quick wit. He was an outstanding role model and our lives are richer for having known him. Marshall, we will be praying for you and the family.

  8. Lauren Chapman says:

    I knew Mr. Wilson a fellow church musician. His skill acquired from many years of hard work was exceptional. I will always remember him at the piano, and I gained a great respect for his playing and his kindness to me.

  9. Sonja Fox says:

    A man is never so tall as when he reaches down his hand to help someone…Ambers Wilson was a
    Giant…Its rainy here on earth but brighter in heaven since he is there..He takes with him a big part of the
    of the community s hearts…Will always remember and miss him..

  10. Gregg and Joan Tipton says:

    Reading Barbara W Smith’s story about Ambers, I have much the same kind of story. He and daddy were good friends through their love for music. Myself and one of my sisters got our wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses , etc at his store. Both our girls got their wedding dresses there, bridesmaid dresses and my dress for both weddings. He became like a father to me when my own father died in 1996 (when he (daddy)was interim music director at Central). It was always his (daddy’s)dream to direct music at Central and he loved working with Ambers. Ambers was the first one at the hospital when daddy had his heart attack. I can remember going through Masterlife with Marshall andAmbers many many years ago. We were a diversified group and boy did we have fun while learning God’s word. The soft words, the contagious smile, and soft touch on the hand or shoulder always made me feel better. We lost a dear friend, an encourager, and most of all, a man who loved God with his whole heart and would do anything for you. He will be missed more than I can express and I personally, will miss him terribly. Heaven was certainly rejoicing yesterday when
    Ambers met Jesus. Many thoughts and prayers for this dear dear family that we all love and admire. Ambers, thanks for the memories! Love,

  11. Larry and Crystal Campbell says:

    Karen- Your father was a wonderful godly man. Larry and I are so happy we were able to work and share our love for Jesus together thru the Kairos Ministry. We are so sorry for your loss and we will pray for you and your family during this time. I am sure he is praising God right now.

  12. James R & Carol Green says:

    Jim was a high school classmate of Ambers with many happy memories. He was a gifted piano player. We appreciated Marshall and Ambers attending Jim’s 80th birthday party in Johnson City.

  13. Velma Oxendine says:

    My life has been greatly enhanced by having Ambers pass my way. He was one of the most
    wonderful people I have ever known. His faith in God was very evident each time I saw him.
    We believe in a world beyond this world where love goes on and on and every good soul finds
    peace. Ambers is at Peace. Velma Oxendine

  14. Jamie Callaway Coomer says:

    My mother, Doris Fortner, thought very highly of both Ambers and Marshall. Years before she died,
    she planned her own memorial service including the scripture verses and hymns. Mother
    specifically requested Ambers to play the piano. It was very special to us that he was able to play
    for her service in October, 2016. Our thoughts are with you.
    With sympathy,
    Jamie Callaway Coomer – Richmond, VA

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