In memory of
James B. Wilson
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In memory of
James B. Wilson
James B. Wilson Jackson, TN James "Jim" B. Wilson of Jackson, TN passed away on October 13, 2016 in the presence of his loving family. Jim was born in Troy, NY on January 27, 1932 to Robert Bradley and Helen McGowan Wilson. He was a graduate of Catholic Central High in Troy, NY and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Cleveland State Community College. He served in the U.S. Air Force, then worked for Bendix Corporation for 36 years, retiring as Manager of Marketing. He later worked for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital as Coordinator of Management Development until 1999. He was a gifted motivational speaker and outstanding Dale Carnegie instructor for 20 years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland, TN. In Jackson, Jim was a Board member of RIFA and served on various Chamber of Commerce committees. He was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and an active Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member. In every aspect of his life, Jim was passionate about helping others. He was the recipient of St. Mary's Parish Mater Dei Award and JMCGH's Humanitarian of the Year Award. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert C. Wilson and sisters Margaret Wilson, Helen Sherman and Elizabeth Peters. He leaves his wife of 58 years Joan M. Laurin Wilson; daughters Eileen (John) McKeever, Catherine (Bill) Gurley, Donna (Doug) Dixon, Barbara Wilson; grandchildren Taylor, Jordan and Andrew McKeever, Patrick and Rachel Gurley, Laurin and Matthew Dixon; brother Donald F. Wilson; sister Jane Simpson; 19 nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:45 am on Tuesday October 18, 2016, with a funeral Mass following at 12:00 pm. Burial will be at 11:30 am Friday, October 21, 2016 in the West TN State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, TN. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Knights of Columbus Jim Wilson Christmas Partners, c/o St. Mary's Church, Jackson, TN. Friendship Funeral Home - 731-677-2673
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