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 James Christopher “Jim” Wilson

James Christopher “Jim” Wilson

Birth
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Death 13 Apr 2005 (aged 83)
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 110176995 · View Source
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James C. Wilson, 83, passed away Wednesday (April 13, 2005) in Johnson City.
He was born in Bristol, Tenn., a son of the late W.A. and Etta Holder Wilson. He was a graduate of Tennessee High School and attended King College until he volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served on the aircraft carrier "Intrepid" in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked with his dad, W.A. Wilson Sr., who started WOPI AM/FM, the first radio station between Roanoke, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn. He left Bristol for two years to manage a radio station in Farmville, Va.
He was active in church, civic and business for many years in Bristol and Johnson City. In 1960, he purchased WJHL radio station in Johnson City and changed the call letters to WJCW/WQUT. He served as a scoutmaster at the First Baptist Church of Bristol, Va., Troop #10, First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., Troop #3 and the First Baptist Church of Farmville, Va., Troop #113.
Mr. Wilson served as Chairman of the American Red Cross in Bristol, was a past President of the Bristol Lions Club and was a founder of Twin City Federal Bank in Bristol. He served on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian District Fair in Gray, the Board of Directors of Lincoln American Insurance Company of Memphis and the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. He was a member of the Hurstleigh Club and Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church of Johnson City. In 1970, he moved to Johnson City, where he lived until his death. He sold WJCW/WQUT to Bloomington Broadcasting Company in 1982 and retired.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Patti Keeper of San Antonio, Tex.; son, Chris Wilson of Fort Myers, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Cindy Walker of Asheboro, N.C., Amy McNeil and Margie Naff, both of Marion, Va.; brother, Ed Wilson and his wife Mary Elizabeth of Bristol; five grandchildren; and six step- grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Susan Harrington
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110176995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Christopher “Jim” Wilson (4 Jun 1921–13 Apr 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110176995, citing Glenwood Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum, Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Susan Harrington (contributor 48033562) .