James Paul “JP” Wilson, age 93 of Hartburg, Texas, peacefully left this world on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from his daughter’s home.
He was a native of Gillsburg, Mississippi, born there August 3, 1927. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Effie Newman Wilson, his sisters, Valeria Martin Wesberry and Arnetta Taylor and brother, Bernard Wilson. Also preceding him in death was the love of his life, Gladys Marie Brian Wilson, married for over 62 years.
They were members of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville for many years. He served as a deacon and also as treasurer there. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He loved spending time with family and friends telling jokes and relating stories.
He is survived by his daughters, Paulette (Darrell) Totino and Jeanette (Steven) Bickham, his granddaughter, Angela (Ricky) Langley, his grandsons Shane (Wendy) Totino and Alex Bickham, plus his extra granddaughter, Susan Elaine Kennedy. His great granddaughter, Emilee Totino and great grandsons, Lane Totino and Holden Langley, his brothers David (Brenda) Wilson, Bernell Wilson, and Dennis (Ann) Wilson, sisters in law Allie Mae (Johnnie) Edwards and Kathy Brian.
He served his country proudly from January, 1946 to August, 1947 in the Army-Air Corps. JP and Gladys started their life together June 24, 1950 in Mississippi. He was hauling milk from private dairies to the creamery in New Orleans. In fact that’s how they met. They left Mississippi for Texas and better employment opportunities in 1952. He retired from Gulf Oil after 33 1/2 years of service. He often said he was retired longer than he worked. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends for many years. He especially loved cruising.
A "Special Thank You", to Kindred Hospice especially Chaplain Jon Cregor, RN Chris Jones and Monic Guillory.
A visitation will be held at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Deweyville. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the church with Reverend Damon Bickham officiating. Funeral arrangements conducted under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary, LA from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at Patterson Cemetery (the family cemetery) in Slaughter, LA on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Services will be held under the direction of Charlet Funeral Home, Zachary, LA.
Pallbearers are Alex Bickham, Shane Totino, Angela Langley, Ricky Langley, Lane Totino, Emilee Totino, and Holden Langley. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Williams and the FBCD deacons.
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