Antone H. Wilson, 71, of Camp Hill, peacefully passed away July 27 at UPMC Harrisburg following a brief illness.
Antone was a drug and alcohol counselor for more than 20 years – a remarkable achievement given his own history of overcoming addiction. He was previously a long-standing member of the regional Alcoholics Anonymous recovery community. He spent much of the last two decades mentoring and encouraging young men in the state prison system to stay out of trouble after they served their sentences. Antone’s talent and skills really shined bright when it came to home improvement projects. Multiple members of his family enjoy renovated rooms or furniture he restored to look brand new. He was truly gifted with his hands.
A Harrisburg native, Antone graduated from John Harris High School in 1968. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Union Institute & University in 1987. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University.
Antone leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving mother, Ruby Wilson of Harrisburg; his caring daughter who was the apple of his eye, Casey Wilson of Mechanicsburg; his namesake and son, Antone L. Wilson of Marysville; his loving and supportive nieces, January Payne of Columbia, Maryland, and Nicol Brown of Harrisburg; a sister, Tanya Wilson of Harrisburg, and a host of other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Antone was very close to his sister, Valerie Payne, who preceded him in death but always had his back – and he always had her back, too. Antone’s father, William R. Wilson, Sr., and his brother, William R. Wilson, Jr., also preceded him in death.
At Antone’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, Antone’s family asks that you please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of Antone. To do so, visit donate3.cancer.org, and select, “I want to dedicate my donation,” then select, “in memory of,” and add Antone’s name. Alternatively, please consider donating to the nonprofit Marshall Project, which supports journalism focused on criminal justice: themarshallproject.org/donate.
Arrangements entrusted to Boyko Funeral Home.