Stephen “Silk” Bryan Gilson, 66, of Wheeling, WV, passed away on Tuesday May 22, 2018.

He was born on March 8, 1952 in Wheeling, WV, son of the late David “Duke” Meyer, and his mother, Betty Anne Schaber Meyer.

Steve was an accomplished athlete in track and field, both in High School at Wheeling Central and at West Liberty State College, where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his involvement in athletics as a coach at the collegiate level and coaching area youth in baseball.

Steve was a history buff, avid reader and enjoyed golf. He was a Territory Sales Manager for National Tobacco Company for the past 27 years. Steve was a devoted father, loving husband and will best be remembered by his sense of humor.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jeannie (Wagner) Gilson; children, Jeffrey Gilson, of Wheeling, Mallory Gilson, of Charlotte, NC and Kyle Gilson of Wheeling; brother Mike (Betty) Gilson, sisters, Jodi (Mitch) Mitchell, and Devon (Roman) Murray.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life will take place on Thursday May 31, 2018 with a gathering of friends and family at 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at “C3” Covenant Community Church, 250 Bethany Pike, Wheeling, WV 26003.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Cross Country and Track Scholarship, West Liberty University Foundation, 208 University Dr., Campus Union Box 126, West Liberty, WV 26074.

Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St, Wheeling, WV, 26003 (304-242-2311) is assisting the family with arrangements.

Personal condolences can be expressed at www.kepner funeral.com.