Carson

Wallace Eugene Carson was bom August 15, 1922, to John Wallace Carson and Mary Elizabeth
(Creta) Baughman Carson. In 1947 he married Betty Jeane Gilkison, bom October 13, 1925. her
parents were Charles Mortimer Gilkison, born 1900, and Clara Goldie Eaton Gilkison, bom 1901.
Gene and Jeane have seven children: Christopher David, born September 4, 1949, Bruce Wayne,
bom September 23, 1951, Carol Lynn, bom June 7, 1954, John Charles, bom July 3, 1956, William
George, bom September 20, 1959, Judith Ann, born August 1, 1962, and Joseph Richard, born May
11, 1965.
Gene Carson was scout master for the Oakwood Scouts during the early and mid 1950’s and was
nominated into “The Order of the Arrow”. He then became involved with the Oakwood Fire
Department for many years and was Assistant Chief of Vermilion County Civil Defense. Under
John Grant, they together designed the Pumper truck Oakwood still uses today. Gene worked at the
University of Illinois for many years.
Jeane was a housewife and baby sat at home. She was on the Women’s Auxiliaiy Oakwood Fire
Department. Later she drove the school bus for Oakwood Unit # 76 Schools.
Christopher David Carson married Margo Bivens and they have two children, Keeley Lane
Carson, bom August 2, 1973, and Bryce Bivens Carson, born August 25, 1976. Keeley married and
had one child, Hayden Eddie Lee Williams, born August 27, 1992. Chris later married Beverly Reak
has two children, Michaela Christina Carson, bom March 13, 1987, and Christopher David Carson
II, bom June 8, 1991. Chris runs his own window washing business and sells fund raising candy
bars.
Bruce Wayne Carson married Tina Ramirez and they have two children, Ladia Lenore Carson,
born September 1, 1981, and LaNera Lorena Carson, bom December 2, 1985. Bruce runs his own
window washing business.
Carol Lynn Carson married Stephen Wayne Taylor and they have five children, Stephanie Ann,
born May 26, 1973, Shannan Marie, bom July 27, 1976, Christie Angel, bom December 25, 1978,
Stephen Wayne II, bom June 26, 1980, and Misty Dawn, bom Januaiy 30, 1982. Carol worked at
Cradco before passing away August 26, 1990.
John Charles Carson married Wanda Sue Neal. John works at Peterson Filling.
William George Carson married Debbie Smith. They have one child, Amber Marie Carson, bom
April 23, 1981. William is a driver for Wonderbread Bakery.
Judith Ann Carson married James Walter Fiye. They have three children, Joshua Ryan, bom
March 30, 1980, Jon Tyler, bom May 22, 1982, and Jessica Nicole, bom September 15, 1985. The
Fryes own their own window washing business.
Joseph Richard Carson married Jewella Russell and they have two children, Celeste Aurora,
born July 16, 1992, and Seth Stephen, born November 13, 1993. Joseph ran his own window
washing/car cleaning business. He now works at Kraft Foods in Champaign.
The Carsons love being with their families, and the children are a large part of their lives.

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