Barry Wilson - Funeral Director/Owner
Barry is a life-long resident of the Collinsville and Maryville, Illinois area, and the son of Conley and LaVerne (nee Finn) Wilson of Collinsville. He is a 1980 graduate of Collinsville High School and attended both North Junior High and Maryville West Elementary schools. He was first baseman and pitcher of the 1980 Collinsville Kahok Baseball State Championship team, and also played basketball for the Collinsville Kahoks 1978, 1979, and 1980. He graduated in 1983 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with an associate degree in Mortuary Science. Barry has 30 years experience in the Collinsville area as a funeral director and embalmer. He has Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in both Illinois and Missouri, is a licensed Life Insurance Producer in Illinois, and holds a crematory operators certificate which he attained in 2005. Mr. Wilson has been a Reserve Madison County Deputy Coroner since 1990.
Barry’s experiences include:
- Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis – Current Secretary
- Past President and Past Secretary
- 1995 Kiwanian of the Year
- 2000 Kiwanis Hixon Award for outstanding community service
- 2010-2012 Board of Directors
- 2013 Legion Of Honor Award for 25 years of service
- 2013 - 2014 Secretary
- Maryville Kiwanis Club - Current President
- Collinsville Chamber of Commerce – Past President, Current Member
- Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber of Commerce - Current Member
- Madison County Funeral Directors Association – Past President
- Fox Mill Homeowner’s Association Maryville – Past President
- Anderson Hospital Foundation Board - Current Member
- Eden Village Retirement Community Board - Current Member
Barry has been married for 30 years to his wife, Janice, who is also a life-long resident of Collinsville. Janice is employed by Miss Bailey’s Poppy Patch home interior/specialty gift store in Glen Carbon and teaches yoga at the CMT - YMCA. They have two daughters – Chelsea who graduated from Saint Louis University with honors pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant and Abbey a graduate student at University of Missouri St. Louis persuing a graduate degree in criminal justice, Chelsea and Abbey both graduated from Collinsville High School with honors. Barry’s hobbies include spending time with his family, golf and being with friends.
Janice Wilson - Owner
Janice is a life-long resident of Collinsville (and Maryville) and the daughter of the late Robert and Marilyn (nee Nicol) Marks. She is a life-long member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville. She attended parochial school at Holy Cross Lutheran in Collinsville then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude at Collinsville High School. While attending Collinsville High School she was a Kahok cheerleader being the team Captain her senior year and placing first in state. She attended and received a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She married Barry Wilson in September of 1984. She is a retired pre-school teacher having worked 20 years at St. John Learning Tree Pre-School in Collinsville. While there she was head of the three year old program her last thirteen years having made relationships with young families in the Collinsville, Maryville and Caseyville areas and surrounding communities. She is currently the store manager/decorator for Miss Bailey’s Poppy Patch in Glen Carbon, IL. She is a certified Yoga instructor for the CMT YMCA three days a week. She is a proud mother of two girls Chelsea and Abbey Wilson and her hobbies include spending time with family and friends.
Chelsea is a life-long resident of Collinsville and Maryville. She attended school at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Collinsville where she graduated Valedictorian of her class. She went on to attend Collinsville High School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was a Kahok volleyball player all four years, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Executive Board, and an Illinois State Scholar. She attended her first two years of college at the University of Georgia. After deciding to transfer to Saint Louis University, she was awarded the Jesuit Transfer Scholarship. At SLU, she was a member of the Saint Louis University Dietetic Association. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SLU in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently is attending the Physician Assistant graduate program at SLU and will graduate December 2014. In August of 2013 Chelsea got engaged to Justin Jackson a former DuQuoin, IL resident who currently is employed at The Bank of Edwardsville. The couple are planning a 2015 wedding. Chelsea is a life-long member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, and she enjoys cooking, shopping, and ballet.
Abbey is a life-long resident of Collinsville and Maryville. She attended parochial school at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Collinsville, finished her eighth grade year at the Collinsville Middle School, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Collinsville High School. Abbey has enjoyed athletics being a member of the Lady Hawks Basketball Team, and also played basketball her high school freshman year. She has been an avid soccer player since she was five spending seven years with the Lou Fusz Soccer Club before moving on to St. Louis Scott Gallagher Club her final two years. She was a four year varsity player and three year starter for the Lady Kahoks Soccer Team. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and an Illinois State Scholar. Upon graduating from Collinsville High School she attained her Bachelor degree in criminal justice from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She currently is working on her Masters degree in criminal justice at University of Missouri St. Louis. Her hobbies include, fitness, soccer, playing the piano, shopping and being with friends.