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Date published: 5/10/2014

Wilson H. Greenlaw

Wilson Hunter Greenlaw went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Wilson was a native son of Stafford County and a hard-working steward of the land. He farmed his entire life across the county from Ferry Farm to Hartwood, purchasing his first farm, Hickory Hill, when he was 15. He owned and operated Park Farm and Greenlaw's Beef butcher shop in Fredericksburg. He was a real estate agent and founding partner in For Sale By Owner Magazine.

Wilson was a 4-H All-Star and went on to be an ambassador in the International Farm Youth Exchange, living with farming families in England and Wales. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in animal science in 1964. He served on the board of the Virginia Cattlemen's Association and Production Credit Association of Warrenton. He was a deacon at Hartwood Presbyterian Church and a member of Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church.

A lover of practical jokes and storytelling, Wilson recorded his stories in his book, "Has the Whippoorwill Cried."

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Katherine; his sons, Wilson and wife Anjanette, and Richard and wife Jennifer; his stepsons, Lemuel M. Houston and wife LeeAnne, and Henry G. Houston and wife Sharon. He had seven grandchildren, Eva, Braelynn, and Kinsley Greenlaw and Matt, Tyler, and Cassidy Houston and Katherine Houston Schmoyer. He is also survived by his brothers, Bobby and wife Edna, and Bill Greenlaw; and his sister, Martha Gardner and husband Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grafton and Matilda Greenlaw.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, at The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. A reception will be held at his home immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Presbyterian Church or the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

Additional parking at Fredericksburg Baptist Church parking lot.