Roland, better known as Pa, may have grown old, but he never grew up. His fascination and love of the simpler things in life helped us all to have a unique perspective on this world. From spring peepers and honeysuckles, to the sound of whippoorwills on the banks of the Congaree, he truly had an appreciation for what Mother Nature had to offer a person in the South. Pa also had an extreme amount of love for his wife Linda, his family and his friends. His generosity touched hundreds, maybe thousands along the years. When the chips were down, you could always call Pa. Pa took much pride and was always involved in the various endeavors of his kids and grandkids. He loved nothing more than a spring night out at Caughman Road Park, often watching several of his grandchildren on different fields at the same time. He rarely missed a game or match even all the way through the college ranks with a few. Roland was father to three, grandfather to nine, and great-grandfather to three and another on the way. But he was Pa to a host of extended family and friends that he loved like they were his own. You never left Pa?s house hungry unless it was by your own choice. Lastly, Roland R. Wilson was a proud veteran of this great country he so firmly believed in. Serving in the Navy and SC Air National Guard during the Berlin Crisis, Roland sacrificed several integral years of his and his young family?s lives for the greater good of our nation. With this being said, the Wilson family would like to thank the Dorn VA Hospital and their staff for the wonderful care they gave our Pa in his last few months on this earth. We will forever be grateful for the compassion and benevolence they exuded through their interactions with him as well as his family members camped out in the VA lobbies and hallways those last few precious hours. Pa will be missed by many; there will never be another like him. But every time the rain beats the tin roof on his little log cabin, or a fawn drinks water from the edge of his pond, we will know Pa is still very much with us in spirit. We love you Pa?.just because. Mr. Wilson passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011. He was born August 10, 1939 in Eastover, SC. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday evening at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 845 Leesburg Road Columbia, SC 29209. Private services are planned.