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James Edward Wilson SNOW CAMP Mr. James Edward Wilson, of Snow Camp, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, from injuries he suffered in a tractor accident earlier in the week. He was born in Burke County, July 12, 1943, the son of Ruby Lingafelt Wilson Wood and the late Robert Edward Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Wilson; and maternal grandmother, Ruth Chester Lingafelt Curtis. Survivors left to cherish his memories include his wife of 51 years, Louise; sons, Bryan Edward Wilson (Melodee) and Jonathan Wilson (Jennifer); eight grandchildren, Chelsey Wilson, Hayden Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Justen Murray (Kara), Jeremy Murray (Rebecca), Kaitlyn Wilson, Jonathan Wilson and Jeremiah Wilson; brothers, John Wilson (Sarah) of Morganton and Larry Wilson (Shelia) of Burlington; sisters, Ann Wilson Bush and husband, the late Paul Bush of Morganton and Joyce Wilson Penland (Edward) of Lakeland, Fla.; nieces, Lisa Bush Norman (Gary) and Heidi Bush Spiess (Jason), both of Morganton, Kristal Penland Boyce (Roger) and Kerri Penland Foster (Ryan), both of Lakeland, Fla., Katina Penland of Miami, Fla., Mindy Wilson of Asheville and Melissa Wilson of Burlington; three nephews, Randy Bush (Nan) of Morganton, Paul Bush (Kim) of Granite Falls and Scott Wilson of Marion; six great-nieces; nine great-nephews; and stepfather, Franklin Wood of Morganton. As the eldest of six children, he was always very attentive to the needs of his family and they always knew he was there for them in any situation; his presence will be greatly missed. James graduated from Glen Alpine High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball. He was Captain of the 1961 undefeated football team, that won the Western NC State Championship, under Coach Jug Wilson, who was like a father to him. His first job was at the Twin Circle Grill, at the age of 14. Before he could drive, he purchased his first car, a 1950 Mercury, which he still owned at the time of his death. He was working at Grace Hospital, when he met Louise Teague, whom he fell in love with and married in 1962. He later worked for Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. James moved to Snow Camp in 1965, with his wife and young son, Bryan, to start a new life in Alamance County. James was a member of Cane Creek Friends Meeting. His ongoing interest in sports led him to establish the Sylvan Athletic Association in Southern Alamance County, where he went on to coach several sports teams. A former Glen Alpine High School teacher, Mrs. Lena Taylor introduced James to acting and theatre. James had a desire to preserve the history of Snow Camp and in 1972, James and his brother, Bobby, came up with the idea of bringing an outdoor theatre to Snow Camp. James served on the Board of Directors and then as General Manager of the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, since 1975. He put his blood, sweat and tears into the theatre. For the past 40 years, the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre has been a vital part of the community due to his passion, excellence and dedication to the Quaker community. He cared deeply for the company of actors who spent their summers with him and taught them the value of hard work, through his example. James could entertain family and friends, for hours, with his unique gift of storytelling. He was an incredibly loving and compassionate person. His greatest and most enduring legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren, whom he dearly loved and who brought him the greatest pleasure. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., in the Wilson Amphitheatre at the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, P.O. Box 535, Snow Camp, NC 27349 or at www.youcaring.com/ jameswilsonmemorial. Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham is assisting the Wilson family. Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.

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