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Judge Chappell Wilson (COL.,Retired)


Judge Wilson grew up near Cadiz at the top of the hill on Hwy 139. He attended Cadiz graded school and graduated from Trigg County High School in 1956 as an Honor Graduate.  He was very active in 4-H and FFA during his school years and became State President of 4-H. As an Honor Graduate, he was awarded two scholarships and went to University of Kentucky.  He graduated from University of Kentucky in 1960 with a B.S. in Economics.

After graduation, he joined the U. S. Army where he served in the Infantry as a Paratrooper and Army Ranger.

He returned to the University of Kentucky in 1964 on the G.I. Bill to attend Law School. He graduated in 1967 with a Juris Doctorate degree.   


He returned to Cadiz and practiced real estate law for 10 years.

He was elected the District Judge of the 56th Judicial District and served 21 years as a judge.


He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1960 through ROTC at the University of Kentucky as a distinguished graduate. He served 28 years of active and reserve assignments in the United States Army, as an Infantry Officer and later Armor assignments. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.  

Some of the decorations and awards in the Army follows:

Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster                                             

Army Commendation Medal                                                                                                       

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal                                                               

National Defense Service Medal                                                                                              

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass                                                                          

Legion of Merit    *        

Army Service Ribbon                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Parachutist Badge (Senior)       *       

Ranger Tab                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Air Assault Badge       *     

Expert Infantry Badge                                                                                                                

In 1998 Colonel Wilson was inducted into the Corridor of the Century.

Member of Cadiz  Rotary Club where he was President                                                                                             

Member of the Cadiz Chamber of Commerce                                                                                

Member Cadiz Trigg County Planning Commission                                                                           

Chairman Cadiz Board of Adjustments                                                                                                             

Organizing Member of the Pennyrile Area Development District                                                                           

Training Officer of Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services                                           

Board of Directors Trigg County Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.

Judge Wilson credits his successful career in the military and law to working hard to make good grades in school and dedicating time to serve our country and community.