SALISBURY - Nesbit Clarence Wilson, age 85, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, June 2, 2008, at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 11, 1922, in East Spencer, a son of the late Etta Bumgarner Wilson and the late Jacob F. Wilson. He attended East Spencer schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving at the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
He played professional baseball from 1940-1960, missing 1943-45 due to his military career. He led his league in RBIs five times, HR four times, batting average three times and won the triple crown two times, having a career batting average of .326 with 329 home runs and 1584 RBIs in 7276 at bats. He was known as the "Big Hack."
He retired from Daniels Construction Company and was of the Baptist faith.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Ora Mae Williams Wilson, on July 23, 1990, and a brother, Frank Wilson, on Jan. 4, 1995.
Survivors include daughter Linda Bennett Brown and husband Bill of Salisbury; niece Joyce Lavin of Port Orange, Fla.; grandson Charles Allen Brown and wife Beth of Salisbury; and great-grandchildren Whitney Taylor and Michael Allen Brown.
Services: A Graveside Service will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday, June 4 at Salisbury National Cemetery on Statesville Boulevard.
Visitation: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lyerly Funeral Home.
Memorials: In Lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Salisbury Elks Lodge #699, Don Stout Memorial Scholarship Fund, 508 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.