He was born Sept. 23, 1927, to the late Rice Wilson and Alice (Burcham) Wilson of Walnut Log. He married the former Thelma Kate Crafton of Tiptonville on Aug. 12, 1962. She survives.
He was a Baptist and a veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from the former Dixie High School in Obion County and Murray State University. He taught vocational agriculture at Dixie High School and the former Tiptonville High School and was an administrator in the Lake County School System, retiring as superintendent in 1989. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Murray State University Alumni Association and Phi Delta Kappa and was a past president of the Tiptonville Lions Club.
Graveside services will be conducted noon Thursday at East View Cemetery. Bobby Stewart will officiate.
Visitation will be held at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home from 10-11:45 a.m. Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Bentley Beard, Mark Phipps, Johnny Bacon, Jim Towater, Roland Pope and Wendol Thorpe.
He is also survived by his son, James W. Wilson Jr. of Nashville.
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