WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Lucas’ leadership and changing landscapes

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I was saddened today when I heard the news of Billy Ray Lucas Sr.’s death. He was a forefather of the Church of the Salvation Army of Wilson, which has been closed for some time due to the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters of Charlotte’s decision to close the church for lack of revenue.

What this man would have given to have his service at this church. But, like many other landscapes around us that are disappearing, the skyline will never be as we remember. Some for the good, some for the bad. Look at the Wilson Mall structure that still exists and we can’t lose site of that, the BB&T towers that will come down and are being replaced — those images of the towers will be in our minds for years to come. Look at the vacant Kroger building at the mall and all the other empty buildings across town.

I recall an old television program entitled “As Time Goes On” and think about what we had and what the future holds. God bless your soul, Bill Ray Lucas!

Gary Proffitt

Wilson

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