Donald Jeffrey “Jeff” Wilson Jr.

Posted at 2:28 PM on May 4, 2019


Donald Jeffrey “Jeff” Wilson Jr., 44, of Linwood, formerly of Statesville, N.C., passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Jeff was born in Statesville on June 25, 1974, and was the son of Donald Jeffrey Wilson Sr. and Patricia Whitesides Wilson. He was a graduate of Statesville High School and he attended Oakdale Baptist Church in Spencer.

Jeff was disability retired but his working career spanned 27 years in motorsports. He worked as an engine builder, most recently with Joey Arrington Motorsports, and prior to that he worked with Junior Johnson Motorsports.

Jeff was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, D.H. Wilson, and maternal grandparents, Thurils and Gladys Epley Whitesides, and a number of aunts and uncles.

Left to cherish his memory, in addition to his parents, are his brother Cody Wilson and Cody’s daughter Ivy of Lansing, Mich., and paternal grandmother, Lovella Davis of Statesville. He is also survived by two aunts, Kerri Holt (Darren) and Debbie White, both of Statesville, along with two uncles, Cecil Whiteside (Lori) of Statesville and Larry Whitesides (Brenda) of Troutman. Two cousins, Haley Holt and Melissa Webster, both of Statesville, as well as a number of extended family also survive.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. J.B. Parker Jr. officiating. The family will visit with friends from 4:30 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Impact Health of Iredell, 518 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville, NC 28677 or to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Jeff Wilson Jr.

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