LifeNotes: Publisher, Songwriter Dan Wilson, Jr. Dies


Dan Burton Wilson, Jr.

Songwriter and publisher Dan Burton Wilson, Jr., died April 21, 2015 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 69.

Wilson worked at Sony/ATV (Tree) Publishing in Nashville for 20 years as a song plugger, writer, producer and VP of Creative Affairs.

He also penned numerous songs, which were recorded by Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Reed, and others. Wilson co-penned “War Is Hell (On The Homefront, Too),” a No. 1 hit for T.G. Sheppard in 1982. Wilson retired from the music industry in 1996.

A celebration of life will be held at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. His family will receive visitors on Tuesday, May 12 from 4 p.m. until services begin at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dan Wilson Memorial Trust at any Suntrust Bank branch. Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is located at 241 West Main St. in Lebanon, Tenn.

Wilson, Jr. is survived by daughters Tori (Mark) Langellier of Heyworth, Ill., and Karen Fischer of Normal, Ill.; grandchildren Gage, Carsyn, and Kannon Langellier of Heyworth, Ill., Kaleb Peterson, Jake Fischer of Normal, Ill.; sister Betty Mitchell; niece Wynne Luter; and nephew Tom Mitchell.


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