TEMPLE (October 26, 2013) Hundreds of Central Texans said their final farewell to a longtime active member of the community.
Funeral services were held for Matthew "Mr. Stop" Wilson at the First Baptist Church in Troy Saturday morning.
Wilson worked as a security guard at Temple High School for 29 years, and it was the students who gave him the nickname.
"It's very very fitting," said Bob James, principal of Temple High School.
"You can't help but come through the gates of Temple High School, and regardless of what you're there for, regardless of your business you are always going to stop and say hello to Mr. Wilson."
James said Wilson engaged many of the students and staff he stopped in fellowship, and was a great influence for them.
"We just really appreciate the Wilson family loaning him to us for so long, and we'll really miss him," he said.
Photos were posted up at Mr. Stop's guard post at the high school in his memory.
Mr. Stop was an Army veteran and pastor at Grant Chapel Baptist Church in Troy.
He was also looked up to as a father by many he came in contact with, said Clarence Johnson, deacon board chairman of Grant Chapel Baptist Church.
"After hearing him a couple of Sunday's I just dedicated my life back to the church and I have served under him ever since," he said.
"When he said something it was always right. It was always the truth... and we loved him, and we're going to miss him dearly."
Mr. Stop died on Oct. 19 at his residence in Temple. He was 94 years old.