Jimmie Lewis Wilson of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Jim was born June 16, 1938 in Gravelly, Arkansas to Delbert and Estelle (Kitchens) Wilson. Jim was 82 years old. He was baptized in the Fourche River and was of the Baptist faith.
He met the love of his life and best friend Jeannie in Modesto, California when they were 16. They were married a year and three months later in October of 1955. They moved to the Redwoods in Eureka, California where he managed a Safeway grocery store. He got his start in the grocery store business with his parents where he continued working in grocery stores, he sold Ethan Allen furniture, he was a salesman for Dodge, and then went back into the grocery store business by working in the Piggly Wiggly in Waldron. Jim loved to work.
Jim enjoyed telling stories from his life, cars, fishing, riding backroads, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs, OSU, and Arkansas Razorbacks play football.
He loved people and was a friend to so many. He was so proud about all his grandkids, great grands, and great great grands, they were his dandies. He loved family and loved spending time with all of them.
Jim leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years Barbara Jean of the home, his children Vonda and Paul Rogers of Mannford, Oklahoma, Rebecca and Keith Jesse of Greenwood, Arkansas, Jimmie Guy Wilson of Waldron, Arkansas, Michael Wilson and Christine of Stillwater, OK, and Tambra Stafford of Waldron, Arkansas. Jim is also survived by one brother Del (Dobbie) and his wife Judy of Florence, Alabama. Grandpa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Jeremy Rogers, Nora Lickteig, Jason Rogers, Tasha Barrett, Biffy Jesse, Sarah Jesse, Keith(Beau) Jesse, Maria Strunk, Ethan Mabry, Destinee Wilson, Jimmie Wilson, Bryan Miller, Tony Wilson, Kyle Wilson, Crystal McNamer, Cagney Wilson, Jimmie Stafford, Jacob Stafford, and Courtney Evans, 36 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. Jim will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of extended family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his parents Delbert and Estelle Wilson, maternal grandparents, Bertha and L.A. (Mug) Kitchens, paternal grandparents, Jimmie Louis and Pearlee Wilson, and his daughter-in-law Diana Wilson.
JIm's celebration of life will be a private family service.
Jim's pallbearers will be Cagney Wilson, Jimmie Stafford, Keith(Beau) Jesse, Tony Wilson, Kyle Wilson, Easton Evans, Bobby Chrisman, and Mike White. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Wilson, Guy Wilson, Keith Jesse, Tyler Wilson, Michael Ryan Dobbins, Luke Stafford, Glen Stafford, Brayden Stafford, Jake Stafford and Jimmie Lewis Wilson.
Jim's visitation will be Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
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