Patricia Maxcy Wilson, 90, of Lake Wales, Florida, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017 at her home in Mountain Lake. She was fortunate to enjoy excellent health and maintain an active lifestyle until her last day, as anyone who knew her would attest.
Patricia was born at home on December 18, 1926 in Frostproof, Florida, to the late Latimer Maxcy and Laura Milton Maxcy. She spent her childhood there until heading to Deland, Florida for college. At Stetson University she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and played every intramural sport available. She met Peyton (Pat) Wilson while studying at Stetson, and they married in 1947. After graduating, they moved back to Frostproof and became very involved in the family business and the community.
Patricia was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Frostproof since 1939 where she served as president of the Presbyterian Women of the Church and a member of the church’s Business Women’s Circle, which was later renamed the “Laura Circle” after her mother, who founded and hosted the bible study group for over 50 years.
Patricia chaired the first board of trustees of the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library after its opening in 1978 and was presented with the American Library Trustee Association Honor Award in 1981. Later she was honored as Frostproof’s 1981 Woman of the Year.
She enjoyed participating in and serving many organizations, including the Taxpayer’s League of Polk County, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Sorority (25-year member), president of the Maxcy Foundation (1994-2010), president of Pat Wilson, Inc. (2009 to present) and as a board member of Latt Maxcy Corporation (1963 to present).
Patricia served on Stetson University’s board of trustees from 1986-1996 and was a longtime supporter and advocate of the University’s athletics program. She was chosen for Stetson’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981 and was inducted into Stetson’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. In that same year she was also named Stetson University Trustee Emerita. Through her substantial donations, the Wilson Athletic Center was added in 1997, the Maxcy Residence Hall was constructed in 2006, and in 2008 the Patricia Wilson Softball Field was completed. She provided annual student athletic scholarships for both Stetson baseball and softball programs. For many years Patricia also contributed to an endowment at Clemson University for student scholarships.
She enjoyed spending time with her family in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and in Boca Grande. She was proud to be an avid snow skier and made sure that her five children and eleven grandchildren had the opportunity to learn to ski as well.
She spent countless hours tracing the lineage of her parents’ families and completed records and books she would share for years to come. Of note, Patricia was the great-great niece of Confederate Brigadier General Maxcy Gregg, portrayed in the movie “Gods and Generals,” who was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg. She is also a direct descendant of Jonathan Maxcy, the second president of Brown University and first president of what now is the University of South Carolina, where a statue of him stands in tribute.
A true Southern belle in every sense of the word, she was by no means faint of heart, for as a child she and her sister, Laura Jean, road the cattle trail alongside of the other cowboys from Frostproof to Tampa accompanying their father.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Peyton (Pat) Wilson and sister Laura Jean Kuykendall of Austin, Texas. She is survived by son Latimer “Coot” Wilson of Frostproof (wife Mary Ruth); their children Jacob, Caleb (wife Jessica) and their children; and Matthew; daughter Cindy Henry of Lake Wales (husband Charles) and their children, Seddon and Maxcy; daughter Patricia “Jinx” Chaney of New Orleans, Louisiana (husband Carl) and their daughter Maxcy; son Clay Wilson of Lake Wales (wife Heather) and their children, Von and Ashley; daughter Claire “Missy” Blaylock (husband Wilson) and their children, Claire Peyton, Willie, and Wil; two great-grandchildren, Ella and Audrey; sister-in-law Carol Wells of El Cajon, California (husband Paul); brother-in-law Gil Kuykendall of Austin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the Maxcy Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 3737, Lake Wales, Florida 33859; Latt Maxcy Memorial Library, 15 North Magnolia Avenue, Frostproof, Florida 33843; or Stetson Athletics, c/o Office of Development, 421 North Woodland Boulevard, Unit 8286, Deland, Florida 32723.