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RV fire takes life of popular Jasper McDonald’s employee

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One of her co-workers described Glenda Wilson as "...the funniest, happiest person I have ever met."


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


A memorial service was held last Friday, August 10th, for a Ball Ground woman and Jasper McDonald's restaurant employee who died in a tragic accident on Sunday, July 29th, in Bartow County.

The ceremony, held at the Gospel Outreach Church on Mineral Springs Road in Ball Ground, celebrated the life of 56-year-old Glenda Wilson, a long-time McDonald's employee who perished in a fire. According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Department, Wilson died in the fire which apparently started in the engine of an older model recreational vehicle she had recently purchased. 

Wilson and her son, 37-year-old Travis James Wilson, also of Ball Ground, had parked the RV along Bailey Hill Road west of Cartersville to attempt repairs to the engine. According to Sgt. Jonathan Rogers of the Bartow Sheriff's Department, after making the repairs, Ms. Wilson was in the driver's seat and tried to restart the engine. That is when the fire erupted and she became trapped in the vehicle, possibly because of a jammed door. Her son received minor injuries in his attempts to rescue his mother. 

A long-time employee of McDonald's who worked the 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift, Wilson was well liked by both her colleagues as well as restaurant customers. To General Manager Candi Bracht, Wilson was more than just an employee. 

"She was my best friend in the whole world. She was a delight," she said. 

Rachel Aken, another of Wilson's fellow workers said of her, "She was the funniest, happiest person I have ever met."

Glenda Wilson was so much beloved by the McDonald's family, that for several days following her death, the restaurant posted a tribute to her on the McDonald's outdoor sign. The restaurant employees also sought donations to help defray Wilson's funeral expenses. In-store contributions amounted to more than $500, while over $2,000 was raised on Bracht's Facebook Page. Ms. Bracht thanked the Pickens County community for their donations saying the response was "wonderful."