KORSHAK’S WILSON, 45
DALLAS — Mark Anthony Wilson, the shoe and handbag buyer for Stanley Korshak here, died Thursday evening at Baylor University Medical Center from complications following a massive stroke Tuesday.
Wilson, who celebrated his 45th birthday Jan. 6, was revered by those who knew and worked with him for his warmth, wit and extraordinary eye for chic and whimsical fashion.
“He was a tremendous talent and extremely successful at every endeavor and challenge that we gave him,” said Crawford Brock, president of Stanley Korshak. “He built the business and doubled it and doubled it again, and built a reputation for the finest shoes around. Mark was very positive and always up and laughing and extremely well loved by all his customers and everyone here.”
Wilson had been at Korshak since 1992, starting as the shoe buyer and quickly picking up responsibility for handbags. He also bought European sportswear collections for a period last year.
“It’s a devastating loss and a stunning shock,” said Jim Farr, vice president of Korshak and a close friend of Wilson. “Mark was the heart and soul and humor of the store.”
Before joining Korshak, Wilson worked for about eight years at the Gazebo here, where he managed and bought for the shoe department that was leased to Wexner and Jacobson. “He had a great reputation and taste level but more importantly, he was joyful,” said Shelle Bagot, who owned the Gazebo and is now vice president and general manager of the Neiman Marcus flagship in downtown Dallas.
Wilson is survived by his partner, Al Whitby of Dallas; his father, Charles I. Wilson of Hardy, Ark.; sisters Deborah Koops of Cabot, Ark., Sherry Oliver of Jacksonville, Ark., and Holly Spurlock of Newport News, Va.; a niece, two nephews and a great nephew.
Wilson, who grew up in Hardy and attended Arkansas State University, will be cremated today at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park here. His family plans to hold a private service in Arkansas.
In addition, Stanley Korshak will host a reception to celebrate Wilson’s life and work Feb. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will be open to Wilson’s friends, customers, colleagues and vendors.