Attorney Samuel A. Wilson, III (1951-2007)

In Loving Memory


  • Thurman, Wilson, Boutwell & Galvin P.A., Charlotte, N.C. Private law practice – General practice primarily civil litigation involving real estate.(1999 – 2007)
  • Bush, Thurman & Wilson, P.A. , Charlotte, N.C. Private law practice – General practice primarily civil litigation, real estate, and arbitration.(1991 – 1999)
  • Resident Superior Court Judge, Charlotte, N.C. Held Court in Judicial Districts 24, 26 and 27-B. Served on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Prisons and Punishment.(1989 – 1990)
  • Chairman of North Carolina Parole Commission, Raleigh, N.C. Conducted hearings and managed 46 employees; drafted and lobbied for the law that increased the number of prisoners who could be imprisoned and eliminated early parole for some criminals.(1987 – 1989)
  • Legal Counsel to Governor Jim Martin, Raleigh, N.C. Advised Governor on clemency and other legal matters, chaired Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee, and served as Governor’s lobbyist on the Administrative Procedure Act Amendments.(1985 – 1987)
  • Private Practice of Law, Charlotte, N.C. General practice including both civil and criminal litigation, and real estate transactions.(1975 – 1984)


  • Married to former Harriett Heard Knight
  • 5 Children: Bo, Khaki, Tricia, Joan, and Caroline
  • 5 Grandchildren


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill A.B. 1972, J.D. 1975


  • Member of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ruling Elder
  • Chairman Mecklenburg County Board of Elections (1991-1993)
  • Member Mecklenburg County Board of Election (2001 - 2002)
  • Republican Nominee for Attorney General (1988)