ames T Wilson, Jr., 93, formally of Greenfield, passed away on April 28, 2015, after a short illness. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Jim was a 1939 graduate of Greenfield H.S., where he excelled in basketball and was a lifelong tennis enthusiast winning Greenfield Singles and Doubles tournaments in the late 50’s. He also served as a city councilman in the mid 60’s. He spent more than 50 years in Greenfield, where he was employed at General Motors for more than 40 years, before retiring to Florida, then Corrales, NM, where he lived for the past 20 years.
He was a WWII veteran earning the rank of Staff -Sargent attached to the Fighting 95th Infantry Division, and the 379th Infantry Regiment. He saw fighting in France and Germany, where he received the Bronze Star for action during the Battle of the Bulge.
As a resident of Corrales, Jim was very active in the community and was the founding member of the Corrales Newcomers Club. He was stalwart volunteer for the annual Corrales Harvest Festival. He also served as treasurer of the Friends of Corrales Library. He was active in the VFW and participated in the Fourth of July and Veterans Day parades. He and his wife Martha were instrumental in putting on the Senior Olympics in Corrales where he also won several gold medals for his tennis including state championships in his age group.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Martha; his children, James III, Mimi, Paul, Peter, Maureen, Michele and stepfather to Kathy, Michael, and Terry. He was a loving grandfather to 11 grand children, a stepgrandfather to seven stepgrandchildren, and 16 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; James T. Wilson, Sr., and Olive Hanes Wilson, both of Greenfield, and by his son Christopher.