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Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Transformation Church of God in Clay City
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery, Flora
James E. Wilson, age 87, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday morning, October 10, 2018, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born October 13, 1930, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Edward Earl and Patricia Fern (Mathews) Wilson. He married Connie Reynolds July 23, 1961, at the Chanute Air Force Base chapel in Rantoul, Illinois, and together they have shared 57 years of marriage.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, and his 9 years of service included perilous campaigns on a destroyer during the Korean War. He transferred into the U.S. Air Force working as a skilled flight mechanic, deploying for 5 tours of duty during Vietnam, and retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1974. After retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas, he and Connie eventually moved to Flora, where he worked for a time driving shuttles for McDaniel Transit and managing local rental properties. He and Connie enjoyed taking their camper on countless trips and getaways, and spending lots of time fishing and making memories with their grandkids and great-grandkids. Jim was a faithful member of the Transformation Church of God in Clay City, where he acted in the role of deacon, and he was a frequent visitor at McDonald’s for morning coffee.
He is survived by his wife: Connie Lee Wilson of Flora, 2 sons: James D. Wilson (Holly Camp) of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Jonathon E. (Cindy) Wilson of Flora; grandchildren: Michael Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Andrew Wilson, YN S2 (SS/SCW) Spencer A. (Samantha) Kellison, Jordan Kellison (Alisha Corry), Tristen Wilson (Kristan Olden), Evan Kellison (Tia Prater), Dakota Wilson, Maleah Wilson, and Jaide Wilson; great-grandchildren: Grayson Kellison, Hayden Kellison, Korah Kellison, Arianna Kellison, Tyler Kellison, and one great-granddaughter on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Bill Wilson and Bob Wilson; and a granddaughter: Chasity Wilson.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Transformation Church of God in Clay City. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorials are suggested to Transformation Church of God and will be accepted through the funeral home.
So sorry Connie and family,Jim was a good man and will surely be missed by all who was fortunate enough to know him.love you all.
So sorry Connie and family. Always remember the times you all came fishing at our place. Jim was a great man !! He will be missed !!
To Connie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We thought so much of Jim as everyone did who knew him, he will be sadly missed by all.
to a man we will miss for sure,knowed jim 25years and just across the street from me . allways was a hard workin mn and allwys willing to help anyone that needed help no mater what it was. will miss you jim and say our farewells with you and be there for connie if she needs any thing she be in good hands,but you already know that.
He will be missed see you in church Connie
Sorry for your Loss Connie, Jim was a Good man. My prayers are with u and your family.
So sorry for youross. Jim was a great guy!
He made it home but oh what a day of rejoicing it will be when we all get to heaven....we love you
Connie, So very sorry for your loss I think of you often Prayers for you all Nina McVay
Connie i am so sorry for your loss of Jim. He will greatly be missed. Prayers to you my friend.