The Wilson Family proudly acknowledges LaVerne Lewis Britt as the founder of the Wilson Pottery Foundation. LaVerne is a descendant of Hiram Wilson. Henry Wilson was her paternal great grandfather. Henry’s daughter, Lottie Wilson Bibbs, was her grandmother. Lottie’s son Eugene Lewis was LaVerne’s father.
LaVerne was a retired educator who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with high school and Elementary Certification. She also held a Master of Education with certification in guidance and counseling, both from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio. She was also a Licensed Professional counselor in the State of Texas. LaVerne retired from NorthSide ISD as a teacher and guidance counselor. She later served as coordinator of elementary programs and NISD continuing education. as well as with San Antonio Urban Ministries as Training Lodge Instructional Coordinator for their Fairweather Lodges.
LaVerne’s community involvement was extensive. It included serving as President of NorthSide Independent Teachers Association and President of the San Antonio Ethnic Art Society. While she was on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Mental Health Association, she was awarded a Distinguished Award for outstanding service to the S. A. Mental Health Association. She also received the Human Relations award from TSTA for outstanding contributions in promoting Human Relations.
LaVerne was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and a member and Lector at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was the mother of three and grandmother of 10. LaVerne previously chaired the Wilson Family Reunion Historical Committee and spearheaded the Grant Preservation Acquisition Project for the Wilson Durham Chandler Pottery site excavation. Through her guidance and vision she spearheaded the incorporation of the HJ Wilson Historical Foundation, which currently operates as the Wilson Pottery Foundation. The Wilson Potter Foundation proudly recognizes LaVerne as its founder.