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Floyd Wilson
(1918-2000)

Floyd Ishmell Wilson was born Yancy County, North Carolina on August 22, 1918, the son of Bivie Thomas and Horrace Wilson. As a young boy he made pocket money gathering galax leaves in the forests around Mount Mitchell to sell to florists for use in flower arrangements. He joined the Army when he turned 18, served in Germany during World War II, and was wounded in action. Returning home, he worked as a firefighter in a forestry camp, and as a miner in the local mica mines, where he developed an interest in minerals.

Looking for a way to improve his future and earn a living, he attended the Penland School of Handicrafts where he learned lapidary, gemstone cutting, jewelry design, silversmithing and goldsmithing. He opened Wilson's Rock Shop (later renamed Wilson's Mineral Shop) in Micaville, North Carolina where he sold "fine mineral specimens," lapidary materials and jewelry. He became a master artist in creative jewelry design; some of his jewelry work is said to be in the Smithsonian, and National Geographic published a feature on him. He married Shirley ____ and they lived most of their lives in Micaville; he died April 19, 2000 in nearby Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, North Carolina.

References:
JACKSON, S. (1992) The ways and means of holding on in the highlands. APF Reporter, 15 (1).
North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004.
North Carolina Birth Index, 1900-2000.
Social Security Death Index.
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