Wilson Rose Tennille, Sr.


Mr. Wilson R. Tennille, Sr., 77 of Fernandina Beach passed away Saturday, Marc 14, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Tennille was born in Winston-Salem, NC and was son of the late Norton F. and Margaret Rose Tennille

He was raised in Winston-Salem and after graduation from Richard J. Reynolds High School he attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In his role as a sales representative for the Dempster Company, Wilson came to Amelia Island in the early �70�s and helped impellent and design a sanitation system and service for a new development, Amelia Island Plantation.

His vision for the future of Amelia Island allowed him to start Nassau Sanitation. He later created Plantation Services, a landscape and design company that serviced Amelia Island Plantation.

Among his many accomplishments, Wilson�s development of Palmetto Walk Shopping village was special to him. A collection of unique restaurants and shops set among beautiful historic oak trees is an example of his long term vision for Amelia Island. Wilson was a true �Southern Gentleman�, impeccably dressed regardless of what he was doing, he served as a mentor to many through his life.

Wilson thoroughly enjoyed being able to fish, whether it was fishing in the Abacos or fishing off his dock, it was his favorite past time. The only thing he loved more than fishing were his many dogs he had over the years. He loved all animals, but his dogs held a special place in his heart.

Wilson had a great sense of humor and was an amazing story teller. He was also the originator of what became known by his friends and family as �Wilsonisms�, such sayings as �he who shoots at nothing is sure to hit it� were representative of the advice he had to offer though �Wilsonisms�.

He leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Terri Gray Tennille; his son, Wilson R. Tennille, Jr and his wife Lynn, daughter, Cassandra B. Tennille and her husband Michael Welling, daughter, Avalee J. DeLay and her husband Scott; grandchildren, Ellington Rose Tennille, Margaret Rose Margeson, Louis Minahan Margeson and Elizabeth Gray DeLay; brothers, Ben Tennille and his wife Marty and Norton Tennille and his wife Jane.

A service and celebration of his life will be scheduled sometime in May and will be announced when finalized.

His family requests that if so desired, donations may be made in Wilson�s name to Nassau Humane Society, 639 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 or Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.