“That was just unheard of that Lowndes could beat Valdosta,” Wilson told Georgia High School Football Daily in an interview last fall when asked his most memorable moment as a coach. “They (Lowndes players) didn’t know how to act. Then winning the state championship. That was monumental. But I’d have to say 7-to-2. Everyone thought it was impossible.”
Wilson was Lowndes’ head coach from 1976-88. He coached from 1989-94 at Valwood. Wilson regularly attended Lowndes home games in his retirement and saw the program he kick-started go on to win four more state titles.
Lowndes dedicated Joe Wilson Field at Martin Stadium in Wilson’s honor Sept. 20.
Wilson had suffered a stroke several days ago. Funeral arrangements have not been made.