OBITUARY

James Robley Wilson

September 2, 1945March 27, 2018
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James R. Wilson, 72 of Winter Garden, FL passed away on March 27, 2018. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 2, 1945. James spent most of his life in the Cleveland area and was a devoted member of Nottingham Baptist Church for 32 years. He moved to Winter Garden with his wife Ann when they retired to live near his daughters.

James was a Vietnam veteran where he served proudly in the United States Army. He was always one to say “Welcome Home” to a fellow veteran for their service to our country. He had a great smile and always had a good story to tell. James had many interests and talents. He loved baseball and the Cleveland Indians was his team. He also enjoyed collecting baseball cards, model trains, unique coins, listening to music, playing softball, and bowling. James was a very handy person and could fix most anything around the house. He also liked spending time at Disney and other theme parks. He really adored spending time with his family. Family vacations were always special and these included camping, going to the beach, fishing, and visiting military museums as the family traveled through the United States. His most endearing quality was being a devoted Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle, Great Uncle, and friend to all who knew him and were blessed by spending time together.

James is survived by his beloved wife of almost 48 years, Ann “Maxine” Wilson; his daughters: Melissa Wilson, Marianne Wilson, and Michelle Turner and her husband Ron; his sisters: Brenda Jones and her husband Jesse and Karen Lacinak and her husband Bill; and by his grandchildren: Eli Turner and Jordyn Turner. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one infant sister.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 8 from 2 – 4 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home in Winter Garden. A Celebration of James’ Life will follow at 4 PM at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be held on Monday, April 9 at 1 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in memory of James Wilson.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 9, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life
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Lawayne Bontrager

April 9, 2018

“Sometimes reminders come gently, sometimes they come with a little pain, and sometimes they come with a flood of heartbreak. Today I'm reminded that life is fragile and finite. Today I'm reminded that the people I have in my life have a limited number of heartbeats.”

Two days ago I started reading all the Facebook posts memorializing our Uncle Jim. I have been struck by how many kind words were written and all the people he has touched. At his funeral today, I have seen one picture after another of Uncle Jim spending time with his family. I reflected and realized the day I really got to know Uncle Jim and the man that he was. It was the day Aunt Ann and he packed up everything they had, and left everything they knew, to be close to their children. I had never witnessed such dedication.

Jenni, Maxx, and I have since visited the Wilson clan many times. And when you visit one, you visit all. You see, they do everything together. From amusement parks to playing games, going to games, amusement parks, traveling, seeing concerts... and did I mention amusement parks? I think all this, is the sign of good parenting and a testament to Uncle Jim’s and Aunt Ann’s greatest gift to this world. Putting that kind of love and devotion out there to inspire others. I know that it has inspired me.

Today I'm reminded that I truly do love all of my friends and family and that I need to spend more time with them when the opportunities arise.

I love you Uncle Jim for always having that smile on your face and being the inspiration to us all. And don’t you worry about those Wilsons. They are a strong bunch and they will carry the torch... for they have been taught well.

Connie Barry

April 8, 2018

Our sincere condolences

Dear Maxine and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Jim's physical presence in your lives at this time. He was always smiling and such a kind man. He loved music and dancing with you. The pictures you have posted are awesome and so reflect the many wonderful memories you all created together! He loved you Maxine and his whole family! You have the hope of reunion when this life is over and we thank God for that promise. May you be comforted in that hope and by all the loving family members around you. I am so sorry I can't be with you as we are in NC. Know that we are praying for you as you go thru this difficult time.

Love and prayers,
Chuck & Connie Barry

Mike Stuck

April 7, 2018

I have fond memories of Jim. Growing up and visiting his house in Euclid with my mom, grandma and grandpa in the 70's & 80's, he was always so welcoming to us making our visits always a good time. Same thing when he would come to visit us in Wickliffe with Maxine and later his daughters. He would come over to our house with a big smile and lots of stories to tell. Also, we could count on Jim helping out at the house to fix little things. He was good at that too.

As I became a teen, Jim was the first to take me out driving and helped me get my driver’s license. This was a special moment for any teenage kid. In the 90’s, I got to see Jim regularly at Cleveland Indians games working as an usher and, I a supervisor. It was always a pleasure stopping by his section to talk baseball and life. Jim would always ask how things were going in my life, whether it be my college days, stadium days or even after I married Lisa and had my two boys Nick and Nate.

After my boys were born, Jim & Maxine came out to watch my sons play sports once in a while before they moved to Florida. He seemed to love this moment because I sure know Jim loved his sports and this was now one time in his life he could watch boy’s sports over girls ha! ha!.

My last fond memory of Jim was visiting Orlando in July. I am so grateful my family got to see him and hang together at where else? A minor league baseball game watching Tim Tebow. It was typical Jim, catching up on our lives and telling us all he could about his days now spent in Orlando. See attached photo.

What a great man Jim Wilson was. In fact, Melissa brought a tear to my eye when she called me about his death and said to me, "you were like the son my dad never had". While I may not have been that close to him over the years to be called a son, I sure felt a bond anytime I was around him and will cherish my memories of James Wilson.

RIP Jim, heaven has gained an Angel with a Smile bigger than any Angel in heaven. 🙏

Julia Morris (Sergo)

April 7, 2018

Dear Wilson Family,

We are saddened to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending you hugs from Ohio.

Love,
Sergo Family

Michael Stuck

April 7, 2018

I have fond memories of Jim. Growing up and visiting his house in Euclid with my mom, grandma and grandpa in the 70's & 80's, he was always so welcoming to us making our visits always a good time. Same thing when he would come to visit us in Wickliffe with Maxine and later his daughters. He would come over to our house with a big smile and lots of stories to tell. Also, we could count on Jim helping out at the house to fix little things. He was good at that too.

As I became a teen, Jim was the first to take me out driving and helped me get my driver’s license. This was a special moment for any teenage kid. In the 90’s, I got to see Jim regularly at Cleveland Indians games working as an usher and, I a supervisor. It was always a pleasure stopping by his section to talk baseball and life. Jim would always ask how things were going in my life, whether it be my college days, stadium days or even after I married Lisa and had my two boys Nick and Nate.

After my boys were born, Jim & Maxine came out to watch my sons play sports once in a while before they moved to Florida. He seemed to love this moment because I sure know Jim loved his sports and this was now one time in his life he could watch boy’s sports over girls ha! ha!.

My last fond memory of Jim was visiting Orlando in July. I am so grateful my family got to see him and hang together at where else? A minor league baseball game watching Tim Tebow. It was typical Jim, catching up on our lives and telling us all he could about his days now spent in Orlando. See attached photo.

What a great man Jim Wilson was. In fact, Melissa brought a tear to my eye when she called me about his death and said to me, "you were like the son my dad never had". While I may not have been that close to him over the years to be called a son, I sure felt a bond anytime I was around him and will cherish my memories of James Wilson.

RIP Jim, heaven has gained an Angel with a Smile bigger than any Angel in heaven.

Lawayne Bontrager

April 7, 2018

So sad to hear the news of your passing. You were such a precious man. You were always so kind to me. Supporting our movies and traveling to see them. I remember talking with you while waiting in line for a ride or walking around at an amusement park. You would tell me stories of the past and I would laugh in side because you didn’t know you had told the story before. I didn’t mind... I wish you could tell me the same story a hundred more times. Love you Uncle Jim. I’m sad I didn’t get to tell in person. You will be missed.

Lisa Mansour

April 7, 2018

Maxine and family,
I just learned of your heartbreaking loss. I am so so sorry and my heart aches for each of you. I know Jim is with the Lord now and I will pray for comfort and peace for each of you. Jim was truly an exceptional person in all aspects of life. I have wonderful memories of laughing and joking when I worked with him, his awesome Donald Duck impressions when I was a kiddo and his impeccable positive attitude and friendly smile!Jim lived his life for his family. You and Jim had such a loving marriage and went on to raise a beautiful family. My love and prayers for you and the girls and Ron and the grandbabies. Jim will be missed dearly but what a wonderful legacy he has left behind. ❤️🇺🇸💙💕

Valerie (Mansour) Arnette

April 7, 2018

I am so sorry. When I think of a perfect union, I think of you two. Our hearts are broken. I will pray that God comforts you and your family through this sad loss. What a great husband, father, and grandfather and...(let's not forget) and exceptional Donald Duck voice along with all of his other talents. I know you will miss him dearly.😥

Jenni (lacinak) Bontrager

April 7, 2018

I am so sorry for the pain you are experiencing right now, Aunt Ann. Heaven gained the most precious angel yesterday. The love between the two of you and the life you built together is so admirable. May God give you comfort in the difficult days to follow. I will be there soon to help ease your pain. I love you so so much. XOXO

Michael Stuck

April 7, 2018

Maxine, was shocked to hear the news from Melissa. I will miss Jim. So many memories of him growing up. Melissa reminded me of one of my fondest taking me out to learn how to drive. As soon as she said that, the memory jumped back in my head and seems like yesterday. Was always so fun talking to Jim, and he was always so happy every time I seen him. I am so happy we got to visit you guys just last July. Memories of Jim will forever make me smile. May you find peace knowing what a great man he truly was. Prayers to you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏