In Memory of



Obituary for Clifton Wilson

Clifton Layne Wilson, 67, of Roanoke VA passed away Thursday, October 19, 2023 after a long battle with cancer. 

He was born on June 20, 1956 to the late Clifton Valentine Wilson and Wanda Hoback Bowles. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, George Bowles.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 42 years, Diana Camper Wilson; Brother, Roger Wilson; Sister, Sabrina Bondurant and husband, Scott; Son, Paul Wilson; Son, Cary Wilson and wife, Kristin; Son, Nathan Wilson and wife, Macy; five grandchildren that he cherished; Kaylynn, Lincoln, Stella, Reagan and Joanna; along with other loving family and friends and his faithful companion Tucker.

He will always be remembered for his soft heart, his creative mind and his jokester spirit.  His life was full of hard work, love and family.  As a child he would spend his summers on his grandfather’s dairy farm working and playing.  His love of travel began at an early age as part of his Uncle Buck’s moving crew, traveling across the country in his uncle’s semi discovering new places and things.  He worked 10 years at Mohawk Rubber and then started his own construction business, C L Wilson Construction Inc. As a general contractor for more than 20 years, he took on jobs that included building quality homes, home renovations and asphalt paving.   He built the family home resembling a cabin with log siding, pine wood paneling and many unique features throughout the home.  He passed on his construction and automotive skills to his three sons as well as his granddaughter whom he helped raise from an early age. He had a green thumb like his mother, planting many flowers, trees and shrubs around his property. He loved hunting, especially just spending quiet time in the woods enjoying Gods creation. He loved fishing, from docks & riverbanks with his kids, trolling on the lake or surf fishing on the beach with his Grand Wagoneer parked behind him.  He loved boy scouts as a child and he passed that love on to his sons, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a time.  He loved camping with family, enjoying the outdoors and sitting around a campfire.  He loved creating Christmas displays with his many blow mold figures he collected over the years. His elaborate manger scene was always the first display he set up each year, serving as a reminder of the real reason for Christmas.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Oakeys South Chapel, Procession and Graveside service immediately following at Stonewall Cemetery in Floyd VA, officiated by Dr. Eric Spano.  

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to a charity supporting military families or veterans.  He was very proud of his two son’s career service in the Air Force.  Online condolences can be expressed to the family at