Joseph "Jay" Samuel Wilson, Jr, 85, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, February 9, 2018, in Troy, Alabama. Jay was born August 5, 1932 to Joseph Sr. and Mattie Pearl (Davidson) Wilson in LaBelle, Florida, where he lived for 78 years of his life. Jay was a Corporal in the United States Army, where he proudly served from 1953 to 1955.
Jay was a Master Carpenter, having learned the trade from his father, and it was a profession he truly loved. He retired from U.S. Sugar Corporation in 1994, where he was employed for 25 years. Prior to this, he had been employed by Everett Burchard and General Development as a carpenter. In his spare time, Jay enjoyed fishing, traveling, and cooking BBQ for his family and friends.
Jay is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nita; daughter, Joyce (Charles) Lassett; son, William "Bill" Billingsley; daughter Patti (Paul) Williams; sister-in-law Laura June (Buster) Wilson; six grandchildren, Jason Taylor, Byron Taylor, Brandi Billingsley, Logan Drake, Jayden Williams and Jenna Williams; four great-grandchildren, Nathan Taylor, Lauren Taylor, Bryson Billingsley and Case Criswell; and many other loving relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at Ft. Denaud Cemetery with Rev. Frank M. Deerey Jr. officiating. There will be a dessert fellowship immediately following in the Social Hall at First Baptist Church, LaBelle, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102.
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself." Philippians 3:20-21