“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.