James Michael Wilson

05/25/1939 - 09/22/2022


Obituary For James Michael Wilson

James Michael Wilson was born on May 25, 1939 to William James Wilson and Holly Lucille Mason Wilson of Planada, CA. He grew up helping in the family general store there as the oldest of 4 children. His siblings are William (Bud) Wilson, of Louisiana, Diane Wilson of Fresno, CA, and Robert (Bob) Wilson of Friendswood, Texas.

As a youth growing up in Planada and eventually attending Le Grand High School, Jim was highly competitive in everything he did, as evidenced by being selected as captain of both the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Jim earned the honor of class valedictorian and as rumor has it, was also known to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to school.

An accomplished marksman, earning the honor of Distinguished Rifleman, Jim enjoyed spending time with his father travelling throughout the Central Valley competing in various rifle and pistol shooting contests.

Jim graduated from Fresno State and married Bonnie Southward on February 22, 1964, before relocating to Walnut Creek, CA. He worked briefly as a police officer and then as manager of the sporting goods department at Montgomery Wards in Pleasant Hill, CA. They had 2 children and moved to Fremont, CA where they lived for over 50 years. Jim worked at General Motors in Fremont for 18 years in various management positions (Personnel, Labor Relations, Safety) and was HR & Benefits Manager at the time of the plant closing. He retired at 49 years old. He then opened a franchise location of Mail Boxes Etc. (now the UPS Store) at the Fremont Hub, ultimately becoming one of the top 5 stores in the nation.

Jim was active for many years managing and coaching his son’s baseball teams at Centerville American Little League.

Jim was an avid golfer and enthusiastic member of Koaches Golf Club for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed each and every outing, and his trophy for winning the Club Championship while competing in the Fremont Park Golf Club, was one of his most treasured awards.

Jim’s wife of 58 years preceded him exactly one week prior to his passing. He is survived by his daughter Beth (Johnny) Tyree of Coulterville, CA, son Keith (Kerri) Wilson of Pleasanton, CA, grandson Bryan (Sarah) Adams of Redding CA, grandson Johnny Tyree Jr of Brentwood, CA, and granddaughter Melanie Rose Adams of Redding, CA.

During this difficult time, family and friends take solace in knowing Jim and Bonnie are reunited once again – forever. In lieu of a public memorial and flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society

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  • 11/03/2022

    Our favorite neighbor and best walking partner. Jim always told us "if there is something you want to do in life, don't wait!". We think about that almost every day. We will miss you Jim!

  • 10/08/2022

    Cousin Jimmy was one of my favorite people. When I was a teenager, he,Howard, and Gary would come to our house for dinner and cards. Great fun! Jimmy kept me in the loop of family happenings with his memorable phone call. I will miss his banter and clever wit.

  • 09/29/2022

    Our sincere condolences to the Wilson family.. we have many cherished memories of spending time in your home as our parents, Tom & Sandra Lee were all best friends.. may both Mr & Mrs Wilson Rest In Peace eternally 💗 Love, Ayana & Jamar Paxton

  • 09/29/2022

    My dear friend. Who would have thought that my dad's best friend would one day become mine? Me and the Lee/Sweatte family love you and your family very much. You will surely be missed! Rest in heaven, until we meet again.

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