He was born in Clayton to the late Fred A. and Zoie Watts Wilson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a son, James Andrew Wilson Jr.; a brother, Paul Wilson; two sisters, Florence Wilson Holcomb and Susie Wilson Free; and grandchildren, Daniel Brad Garland, Gerry Q JR Smith, Wesley Watkins and Miranda Lynn.
James is survived by: his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Ramey Wilson of Tiger; two sons, Allen Eugene Wilson and wife Wanda and Ronald T. Wilson, all of Tiger; four daughters, Linda Emogene Martin and husband Otis of Eastanollee, Wanda Jane Smith and husband Gerry of Clayton, Brenda Joyce Garland and husband Danny of Clayton and Sherry Elizabeth Watkins and husband Dale of Tiger; a brother, Robert Lee Wilson and wife Alice of Tiger; a brother-in-law, Harvey Free; two sisters, Mae Moon of Greensboro and Glenda Joyce Hefner and husband Edward of Mount Airy; grandchildren, Denise, Angie, Jamie, Rachel, Rebecca, Dwight, Douglas, Jessica, Miranda and Joanna Marie; great-grandchildren, Jason, Amber, Madison, Jacob, Tiffany, Sydney, Ashton, Andon, Cadence, Caleb, Tucker, Angel and Kayla; and several nieces, nephews and a special great-niece, Whitney Watts.
He was a lifelong farmer and member of Clayton Church of God. He appeared in “The Great Locomotive Chase” with Fess Parker. He enjoyed coon hunting, fishing and gardening, and was an avid beekeeper and tractor mechanic. He was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and was a friend to all.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.