Wilton Collin Hand, 75, retired Director of Tennessee State Industries with the Tennessee Department of Corrections and resident of Trotwood Avenue, Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
A native of Hazelhurst, Ga., he was the son of the late Benjamin Bartow Hand and Elva Carter Hand. In July 1962 he married Sarah Pugh Hand who preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2010. Mr. Hand earned his Associates Degree in Psychology from Columbia State Community College and an Associates Degree in Sociology from Austin Peay State University. He had made his home in Columbia since 1966. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Columbia Masonic Lodge #31, Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19, Eastern Star and was a Shriner.
He is survived by one son, Daniel R. "Danny" (Leslie) White of Lewisburg; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Lawson Wayne White Sr.
The family will visit with friends Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home, officiated by the Columbia Masonic Lodge #31. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19.
Active pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Columbia Masonic Lodge #31.
The family suggests memorials to Shriners' Children's Hospital, c/o Kenneth Eubank, 1308 Trotwood Avenue, Columbia, TN 38401.
Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.