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James “Jim” Edward Wilson, 90, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Mary Sue Hill Wilson, died Wednesday evening, September 4, 2019, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late William Clyde Wilson and the late Bessie Cowart Wilson. Jim was a longtime, active member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church where he was a former Senior Warden, member of the Vestry, the choir, and a lay reader. He was a United States Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. For more than 50 years Jim was involved with Mysterious Santa bringing the spirit of Christmas to every person in the hospitals and nursing homes in Savannah. He also volunteered with the Interfaith Hospitality Network and Smart Senior. Jim was vice president of the Bargain Corner and later retired as the sales manager for Roger Wood Foods. After retirement, he was a Funeral Assistant with Gamble Funeral Service for twelve years, where he received The Reverend L. Allan Wertz, Jr. Employee of the Year Award in 2009. Jim will be remembered as a man who always had a deep devotion and love for his church, family, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde “Red” Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of more than 58 years, Mary Sue Hill Wilson of Savannah; one daughter, Sue Wilson Hartloge and her husband, Carl, of Savannah; one son, Keith Wilson and his wife, Sue, of Savannah; three grandchildren, Brandon Hartloge and his wife, Brittany, Bradley Hartloge and his wife, Claire, and Dena Rhodes and her husband, Matt; two great-grandchildren, Ronnie Keith Rhodes and James Allen Rhodes, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Sunday at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning at ST. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church conducted by the Reverend R. Kevin Kelly. Interment, with military honors, will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: Mysterious Santa – c/o St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church – 3101 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404.

Online Condolences

  1. Bill Steinhauser says:

    A longtime friend he will be sorely missed by us Our deepest condolences go out to the family. Unfortunately we will be out of town and we will miss the funeral. God bless you Jim.
    Love always, Bill and Hiede Steinhauser

  2. Paul Carellas says:

    Uncle Bubba was an example of how to live our lives. He will be missed by all. Thanks for everything you did for us.

  3. Travis Kessler says:

    Mr. Jim was always a pleasure to work with and was willing to help in any way he could. He truly cared for others and set the example that we should all aspire to follow. I know he touched many lives and will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

  4. Don Mongin says:

    Sue I am so very sorry to hear of James passing. Prayers are with you and family

  5. LaWanda Grill says:

    Uncle James was the kindest most caring man who was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Sue and family on their loss.

  6. Gary & Carla Cantrell says:

    Jim was such a leader and got me involved with Mysterious Santa , Inner Faith, and many of his projects. He will be missed. We really Loved him. Sor

  7. Lindsey Kirklin says:

    Mr. Jim was a great man and employee at Gamble Funeral Service. Always so kind. He was there for my mother’s funeral. So sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to Mr. Jim’s family and his Gamble family. May God be with you in your time of loss.

  8. Pamela Ryals says:

    Mr. Jim was a very kind and thought full person he will be missed will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  9. Ken Jernigan says:

    Sue, Little Sue, Keith, and family: I’m so sorry to have learned of Jim’s passing. He was a kind, loving, and caring man and will be greatly missed by many. Kathy and I will be praying for all.

  10. Pennie Lightfoot says:

    Today’s service was a beautiful tribute to a great man and a life well lived. We should all strive to live like him. Loved him so and will always be appreciative of the help, love and support he gave to our family /his first cousins for so many years! Matthew 25:21 Well done my good and faithful servant! Prayers will continue for his entire family.

  11. Ken and Nancy McCorkle says:

    We are saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. A wonderful Christian and dear friend. May God bring comfort to his family. We are thankful that we shared so many good times with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Ken and Nancy

  12. Ken and Nancy McCorkle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Such a faithful friend and hard worker at St. Michael’s. He was an inspiration to us.

  13. Alex Nguyen says:

    Mr. Wilson was such wonderful man. I have not seen him in several years, but his warm and caring spirit left an impression on me during my childhood at St. Michael and All Angels Church. My thoughts and prayers go to Mrs. Wilson and the family.

  14. Louise Ferguson says:

    Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing .He was such a dear friend, Loved working with him at Smart Senior and knowing that he served with Mysterious Santa along side of my father.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers as you go through the days to come.

  15. AnaLisa M Love says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Wilson’s passing. I remember him as a friend of our family since I was a child riding in a shopping cart on the wooden floors of the Bargain Corner. He was a wonderful man and we all have fond memories of him. He helped us in many ways.

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