EASLEY — Jimmy “Bones” Wilson will replace Richard Meyers as Commander of Easley’s American Legion Post 52 when he takes the Commander’s Oath on June 28.
Meyers, who has served as the Post’s Commander for the past four years, will remain as a member. The election was held last Tuesday.
“I haven’t taken the oath yet, so they can still kick me out,” Wilson joked during an interview. “But I am honored. It’s not a lifetime job or anything. Dick (Meyers) isn’t going anywhere. There’s no hard feelings or anything. He said it was just time to turn it over.
“And then Paul,” Wilson added, referring to Post 52 Adjunct Paul Smith, “well, he twisted my arm. Do you see these bruises? And he said ‘You’re going to be it.’ And I said, ‘Well, I can only do the job the best I can.’”
Smith told Wilson he would be fine.
“Bones is also the first Commander of Post 52 in 13 years who has lived in Easley his entire life,” Smith said.
Wilson, who has previously served as Post 52’s Historian, already has plans for Post 52, including starting Wreaths Across America for the graves of veterans.
Wilson said he has to get permission from Robinson Gardens to register the veterans’ section to do this.
“It’s taken a couple months to get that handled. But we’ll be selling the wreaths and taking donations,” Wilson said. “They’re $15 a piece, $5 of which will be reimbursed back to us. And they’re live wreaths, they’re not artificial. We’re not pushing this yet because it’s poppy time. But if I was to place an order right now, I’d already have 30 to 45 wreaths. We’re hoping for around 150. And then we’ll be needing volunteers to help put them out, because one or two or three people can’t do all that.”
Wilson said he was considering asking local organizations like the Boy Scouts to help with the laying of the wreaths.
As for his oath of office ceremony, Wilson also has big plans for that.
“We’re hoping the mayor (Larry Bagwell) can be there as the speaker that night. I’ve asked him and he said as long as nothing came up he’d be there. He’ll brag on me or lie about me — he said didn’t know which,” Wilson said and laughed. “But he used to be my coach back in high school so that would be nice.”
Visit www.americanlegionpost52easleysc.org for more information about Post 52.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.