Willie James Wilson Sr.

August 12, 1949August 9, 2012

Willie James Wilson, Sr., 62, of Lavaca, died August 9, 2012 in Fort Smith. He was born August 12, 1949 in Lyons, Mississippi to T.J. Riley and Lena Mae Wilson. He was retired as a Command Sgt. Major with the Army Air Force Reserves. He was a former driver for the TLS Company, sales person for S & K Clothes, Chief for the River City Deli, and worked for Central Mall. He was an avid sportsman with the nick name of “Stick Shift”, he loved to fish and enjoyed doing landscape. He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home; three daughters, Latazua Wilson-Herbin of Fort Worth, TX., Nanicika Wilson of Fort Worth, TX., and Ramona Patrice Sweeney of Milwaukee, WI; two sons, Willie J. Wilson, Jr of Lavaca and Rodney Birts of Milwaukee, WI; seven sisters, Ernestine Beaman of Detroit, MI., Donna Churcher-Johnson of St. Paul, MN., Laura Dix of Hartsville, TN., Lisa Churcher of Minneapolis, MN., Margarite Hopkins of Memphis, TN, Joanne Hollins of Memphis, TN and Annette Hollins of Milwaukee, WI; seven brothers, J.T. Riley of St. Paul, MN., Donald Churcher of St. Paul, MN., Brian Mason of Phoenix, AZ., Johnny Wilson of Atlanta, GA., Lawrence Wilson of Biloxi, MS., David Hopkins of Milwaukee, WI., and Leonard Hopkins of Milwaukee, WI., eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral service will be Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with a reception to follow from 3-5 PM at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial will be Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the U.S. National Cemetery with Honors. Services and Cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers will be Erron Williams and Dante Wilson. The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5-7 PM. Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association Bank of America Lock Box 841125 1401 Elm 5th Floor Dallas, TX 75202 or Arthritis Foundation 6213 Lee Avenue Little Rock, AR 72201 To sign an online guestbook visit


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 14, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, August 13, 2012
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Willie James Wilson Sr.

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The DeBoses

August 15, 2012

Tasha, I know first hand how difficult it is to lose a parent, no matter how old you are. In ten years, I've learned that the gift of 'time' and only God truly heals. I'm here whenever you need to talk, cry, scream, and most importantly, pray!

Tammy Poore

August 15, 2012

Nancy and Family I am so very sorry for your loss. The world is a sadder for the loss of your Willie. May the arms of the Sweet Saviour be wrapped all around you as you work thru this time of sorrow. Remember "the steps of a Good Man are ordered of the Lord" ....You were so blessed for the time you had with him. Love you and will still keep praying for the Lord's peace that passes all understanding. Tammy Poore


August 14, 2012

I was very sorry to hear about the homegoing of your dad. I am sure your dad had a hand in modeling and shaping the person that you are today. You have lots of good memories that will comfort you while you grieve this loss. I have been where you are and just know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Harris Family

August 14, 2012

Our hearts are broken because your Hubby, Daddy, Papa and our friend is no longer on this side of heaven with us. But our souls rejoice for we know that he is in the hands of our Father. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
LaMont, Brandi, Bianca & Radien

Levona Lindsey

August 14, 2012

Latazua, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of great sorrow.

Charlotte Harper

August 14, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord wrap you in his loving arms and guide you through your grief and sorrow.

Jackie Garner

August 14, 2012

Latazua and family you are in my thoughts and prayer always.............

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."

Michael & Becky James

August 14, 2012

Nancy, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Willie was a great friend and I really enjoyed being around him. I will always remember his great smile and willingness to help others. May God comfort and bless you during this time.

shashawn tucker

August 13, 2012

Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family at this time of sorrow,continue to let God hold your hands through it.. . ShaShawn& family

Cindy Barker - Arvest Bank - FSM

August 13, 2012

Nancy, my love and prayers are with you. May God comfort you and your family today and always.