James Ray Wilson


On Friday, July 19, 2013, with his family gathered around singing the gospel songs he loved the most, the Lord called Jim home to be with him.

Born in 1936 to LeRoy and Doris (Pitts) Wilson in Coal Hill, Arkansas. He came to Washington as a teen and was employed by Simpson Co. in McCleary.

He met his wife Donna Arlene (Brumfield) at church in Montesano. They were married in Sunnyslope, Arizona in 1959. After Army training at Fort Ord, Calif., they were stationed at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and Fort Carson, Colo. He served with the Medical Corps in Korea. After being discharged at Oakland, Calif. they settled in Colorado Springs, where their four children were born. He worked at Maytag Rocky Mountain Company and later Kaman Nuclear.

In 1969, Jim and family moved to Carlsbad, N.M. and a year later felt led of the Lord to accompany the pastor and two other families to Dyersburg, Tenn. to answer the plea from several families to begin a church. Jim always had his guitar close at hand, ready to sing praises to the Lord he loved. The Wilson Family enjoyed singing and playing music together, performing original songs they wrote and were the musical part of an evangelistic team visiting churches in the Dyersburg area and a weekly radio program.

While in Dyersburg, Jim operated his own business, Appliance Service Center. After moving back to Washington, he again had his own appliance repair business in Elma. Jim worked for Grays Harbor County in Facility Services, until he retired in 2003, doing appliance repair in the evenings until 2006. They attended the Montesano Assembly of God, being part of the music ministry there. Jim was active in holding weekly church services at Montesano Health and Rehab Center. He and Donna enjoyed being a part of the Grays Harbor Jail Ministry for several years.

Jim is survived by his wife, Donna Arlene at the family home; four children, son, Jim and daughters, Leanne (David) Gwin, Janice (Brad) Louthan and Lisa (Kievien) Tillman; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and Pete Wilson of Arkansas; sister, Ardith Mendenhall of Alabama; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leon; and two sisters, Helen and Jean.

To honor Jim’s request, a private family burial will be held.