James R. “Jim” Wilson, 1943-2015

The Rev. James R. “Jim” Wilson, 71, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, at his home in Kensett, Ark.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

He was born Aug. 21, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., to Uell Wilson and Marie Meyer Wilson.

A retired elder in the Arkansas Conference, Wilson was appointed as pastor of the Kensett and Judsonia UMCs at the time of his death. He had previously served at Trumann, Desha, Southside UMC Batesville, Earle, St. Andrew UMC Little Rock, Marvell and St. Paul’s UMC Harrison.

The author of several devotional books, he was a contributing writer to Lectionary Worship Aids, and to the Sunday school series The One Room.

He is survived by one brother, Jack Wilson and his wife, Peggy, of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Jane Rhea and her husband, Curt, of Homer City, Pa.; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Kensett UMC. A reception followed the service.