.James Leroy Wilson, age 74, was ushered into the Kingdom on October 2, 2020. Roy, as he is affectionately known by his family, was born in Bethune, South Carolina, Lee County to Spencer Wilson and Emma Hart on January 28, 1946. The youngest of five siblings, his childhood was fun, and at times scary because of his rambunctious actions. As a toddler, he remained ill for some time, but with his strength and strong will he overcame many bouts with his health.
In the south, Jimmy worked on many farms and in the logging business. He attended Bethune Carver Elementary School. As a teenager, he and his family took up residence in Brooklyn, New York where he finished out his early school years. Jimmy attended college for a couple of years in upstate New York. His jovial smile and his free spirited personality, along with his 6'4" stature, would draw others to him and friendships would blossom.
Jimmy had a short stint as a short order cook, but worked for many years in the construction foundation business in the DMV. I remember when we would drive around and he would point out the buildings in Washington, D.C. where he laid the foundation, saying that building would never fall because the foundation is strong. He was famous for his pineapple upside down cake, which he was very proud of. Jimmy was a staunch lover of old-school westerns, and his chuckle would light up a room.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his mom and dad; four siblings: Spencer (Bobby), Louise, Bessie, and Isaiah (Richard). He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife, Rosie; our loving and devoted God Daughter, Lucy Armstrong; nieces: Tammy, Alicia, Marcelette, Delores, and Kimberly; nephew: Isaiah Wilson, II; all their children; and many cousins and friends.
Married for 37 years, I affectionately called him Jimmy or Mr. Wilson, depending on his proclivities. Jimmy accepted Christ in his life in 1985, and joined From The Heart Church Ministeries (formerly Full Gospel A.M.E. Zion Church), but was baptized in 1989. Jimmy was a proud man, and my protector. I love him today, and he will always be with me. Oh, it's good to know that I know where he is, resting in the bosom of the Father, and that I will see him again!
May my "Gentle Giant" rest in peace.
Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2020 at From The Heart Ministries Annex, 5055 Allentown Road, Suitland, MD.
Family Hour will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Final rites and professional arrangements are entrusted to Matthews Family Mortuary.
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