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James Allen Wilson


Sunrise: October 19, 1930

Sunset: January 26, 2020

“When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears and hug your sorrow to you through the years, but start out bravely with a gallant smile; and for my sake and in my name live on and do all things the same, feed not your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways, reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near; and never be afraid to die, for I am waiting for you in the sky!” -Helen Steiner Rice

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, James answered the call from our Heavenly Father, at  Chesapeake  Regional  Hospital.  He  entered  into  eternal  rest  after  a  brief illness.  He  was  born  on  October  19,  1930  in  Norfolk,  VA  to  the  late  Walter and  Annie  Wilson.  He  was  preceded  in  death  by  his  wife,  Lula  Ann  Wilson, and siblings Walter, Willie, Ollie, Elmira, Clara, Dorothy and Annie.

Plucky as he was affectionately called by family and friends attended Norfolk

Public  School. He  retired  as  a  Merchant  Seaman.  James  was  a  faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church until his health started failing.

On  July  8,  1949,  James  and  Lula  were  united  in  Holy  Matrimony.  Unto  this union, they were blessed with five children, one daughter and four sons.

He leaves to cherish his memory Shelia W. Wilder, James A. Wilson (Valerie), Michael  M.  Wilson,  Dwight  A.  Wilson  (Sheila)  and  Donald  S.  Wilson.  His memory is also cherished with four grandchildren, Tomica S. Starkes, Michael R. Wilson, Derrick D. Wilson and Melanie W. Sears; seven great-grandchildren, Elijah Patterson, Christopher Wilson, Anaya Williams, Paris and Paige Sumner, Michael R. Wilson, and Ellise Sears (the apple of his eye) two great great grandchildren Jeremiah Reichmann and Saint Williams.

Viewing Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Street Service Friday, January 31, 2020 11:00am St. Mary's Catholic Church 232 Chapel Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Entombment St. Mary's Church Cemetery 3000 Church Street Norfolk, VA 23504

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    Lisa Yvette Montgomery says

    Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning… Prayers to the Wilson Family. The Lord is your Strength. Much luv Cousins.

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    Claude Robert Youngs says

    I am honored and blessed to have known your Father. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. It is with our deepest sympathies to you and your family Claude Youngs and Family.

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    Delano and Shelia Harrison says

    To the Wilson Family – Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. Know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Praying that God will grant you peace and strength at this time and always.

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    Valerie Billups says

    May God Continue to look down on you and your family and give y’all all the strength you need. ❤

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    Bernice White says

    To the Wilson Family : U Have My Deepest Sympathy and Prayer for the Family always Trust GOD .🙏🏽🙏🏽 My heart goes out to you all .❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹👼🏽👼🏽👼🏽

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