James R. Wilson

October 11, 1942July 27, 2020

Services to honor the life of Mr. James R. Wilson, 77, will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Monday evening, at the funeral home.

James was born on October 11, 1942 in Brinkley, AR to the late James Sanford Wilson and Ruth Elizabeth (Beckett) Wilson and passed away at his home in Elm Grove, LA on July 27, 2020. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a self-employed builder. As the result of an injury, James could no longer work in carpentry and had to “reinvent” himself. He developed an interest and love for photography and became an exceptional photographer. In addition to photography, James loved to fly and loved his animals. He was a wonderful and loving husband and father who will be deeply missed.

James is preceded in death by his brother, Mitchell Bruce Wilson; and his parents. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Lidia; son, James Wilson and wife Mary Ryan; sister, Susan Kay Wilson Allbritton and husband Dan; and their children, Benjamin, Daniel, and Matthew; brother-in-law, Francesco Pasquale and wife Maria Grazia Pasquale; and their children, Riccardo and Antonio.

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  • Mitchell Bruce Wilson, Brother (deceased)
  • Sanford and Ruth Beckett Wilson, Parents (deceased)
  • Lidia Wilson, Wife of 52 years
  • James Wilson (Mary Ryan), Son
  • Susan Kay Wilson Allbritton (Dan), Sister
  • Benjamin, Daniel, and Matthew Allbritton, Nephews
  • Francesco Pasquale (Maria Grazia Pasquale), Brother-in-law
  • Riccardo and Antonio Pasquale, Nephews

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  • Nick Bass
  • Billy Barns
  • Matthew Allbritton
  • Daniel Allbritton
  • Randy Terrell


  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Chapel Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


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Mary Ann Campbellq

August 7, 2020

Bob was one of a kind. He was interesting and cared about others. He and Lidia shared their photography talents with our high school classmates and made memorable pictures at our reunions and luncheons.
His broad smile and warm manner will be missed. Bob shared wonderful stories about his trips back to Italy to be with his extended family there through his loving wife, Lidia.
My heart goes out to Lidia and all his family on the loss of this kind and loving man. I feel blessed to have known him.

Kelley Venable

July 31, 2020

Bob was a fascinating man. A natural born story teller, he could keep you on the edge of your seat as he recounted tales of his life. The world is is a bit smaller without Bob in it.


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