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Herman Arthur Samuel Rogers Wilson was born on December 29, 1947 to Eunice and Julius “Billy” Rogers in Brooklyn, New York. With illness in his immediate family, he was adopted by his Bermudian uncle and aunt, (the late) Rudolph and Mayville Wilson. At two years of age, his new home was in Somerset, Bermuda where he joined his siblings Janette and Rose and later Wesley.
In those early years, Ma and Pa had envisioned their lives with two girls and two boys. So it was that Herman was the perfect fit! Ma would immaculately dress him and always had her camera ready! We discovered in Herm a keen curiosity of how things worked. His mind was always racing and with less than perfect attention span at ages 2 and 3, he was always looking for the next toy to carefully take apart. Wesley came along a few years later, finally making the family complete.
Jan, Rose, Herm and Wes were privileged that Pa and Ma sent them to boarding schools. Herm was the only one to go Canada, where he began a journey of studies outside of Bermuda. He later attended Western Washington University before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada where he graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. While living in Las Vegas, Herman quickly advanced at the Circuit City company, due to his keen sales ability, business acumen and gregarious nature. Identified as a natural leader with excellent people and management skills, his career quickly spiraled upward. He was recruited to lead the company’s expansion in the South where he was transferred to Richmond, VA and selected to open the first Super Store in Atlanta, GA. Earning the distinction of having the number one store in the entire country, Herman was also the only African-American to lead a big box branch as a result of his exceptional recruiting and management skills.
After leaving Circuit City, Herman began working at Sears where he met the love of his life Carol Thomas. They became friends first and foremost and eventually married on September 4, 1993 in Stone Mountain, GA.
His career path then led next to the Roberds stores. These years of continued excellence beyond measure gave rise to joining the mortgage industry in 1996. After helping the parent company, Citizen’s Trust Bank, land a lucrative partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Fifth Runway Program, Herman and Carol with two other partners opened a mortgage brokerage business in 1999. Over the years they have hired as many as 200 employees and had offices in Tucker, Atlanta and Augusta. In 2002, Ameritrain was created to provide mortgage education training. After the passage of the SAFE Act requiring licensing for mortgage loan originators, overnight Ameritrain became a national school providing pre-license and continuing education in all 50 states. Herman was an instructor with an impeccable ability to transfer knowledge to his audiences. During his career with Ameritrain, he taught over 10,000 students, many of whom have successful careers in the mortgage industry today. He officially retired from the business in 2019, although the newest team members benefited greatly from his counsel given his wealth of knowledge and brilliant mind.
On September 4, 2021, Herman and Carol celebrated 28 years of marriage. Throughout their wonderful sojourn, they traveled the world, made lifelong friends and worked tirelessly in their many business ventures.
Herman was intensely passionate about life, always up for an adventure, and he lived and enjoyed every moment. His mantra was to create memories and leave experiences that would last forever. He absolutely loved the water and went to the beach as often as possible. It made him feel like he was one with nature and God; for him a spiritual experience, one reminder that you cannot cage a free spirit. Herman valued relationships and did what he could to make the people around him feel important. Always with intention and purpose, he focused on the details to create positive experiences for others. You felt important in his presence – he emitted love.
Herman is survived by his loving wife Carol, Joyce Thomas (mother-in-law), Hopeton Thomas (father-in-law), Tracey Thomas (sister-in-law), Rachel Hall (niece) James Hall (nephew), Janette Chentouf, Rose Wilson-Hill (sisters), Wes Wilson (brother), Charles (Andrea) Simmons (nephew), Najib (Kara, Yassine & Isaiah) Chentouf (nephew), Damon (Shelle’, Shellea, Damacio) Hendrickson (nephew), Roberta Murdock, William Taylor, Rochelle Taylor, Lisa Combs and Maggie Wattley (Cousins), countless family, friends, caregivers and co-workers. Surely not least, a profound tribute to honor so many beloved family now deceased including: Mom Eunice, Pa & Ma (Rudolph and Mayville Wilson), Grandma Jean Sykes and brothers-in-law: Larbi Chentouf and Billy Hill.
The song writer says, “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can.” The power of excellence permeated Herm’s life. His spirit remains with us. Those whose lives he touched will carry his signature torch and remember his reach.
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