Born into poverty in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Calvin Wilson was tossed from home to home during his early adolescence. Finally settling in with his mother and six other siblings, he had to work hard at an early age just to help his family put food on the table. A rowdy teenager who dropped out of school at the age of fourteen, he was dealt many obstacles and hardships in life. Having overcome a difficult childhood, he is a successful nursery owner. He has been a member of the Gideons International Organization for thirty-two years. Married for over fifty years, he is the father of two daughters and the proud grandfather of two grandsons. He enjoys Southern gospel music, bear hunting, fishing, and is a joyful member of a Missionary Baptist church.