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Louis James Jim Wilson

Louis James Jim Wilson, 63, Bend, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001.

He was born in Sheridan, Ark., to Walter Fulton and Elby Margaret Minor.

He grew up and was schooled in Madera, Calif., where he was an all-star football player. Mr. Wilson then continued his education at Porterville Junior College where he met Gail Briggs and married.

His career achievements included operations office of the Bank of Central Oregon and Western Bank; vice president, Coast Community Bank, Brookings; Western Bank of Harbor, North Bend and Portland.

Later he retired from banking and worked as a New York Life Insurance Agent in Brookings and North Bend. He then became self employed as an independent insurance agent and worked part-time for Safeway in Bend.

Mr. Wilson was a philanthropist and served the community and his family with dedication and love through lifetime membership in the Church of Christ of Bend.

He was also a member of Masonic organizations, Shriners, Eastern Star, Amaranth (lifetime member), Rotary Club, Elks, Knights Templar (past commander and lifetime member), Odd Fellows (lifetime member), Lions, Toastmasters, Jay-Cees, Volunteer Fireman, EMT and ambulance driver, Harbor; Associate Guardian of the Jobs Daughters, Treasurer of the East-West Shriners All-star Football Games held in Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Wilson; sons, Steven H. Wilson of Bend and Jeffery B. Wilson of Bonney Lake, Wash.; daughter, Joy Reeves of Bend; foster daughters, Anna Billings of Cincinnati; Sharlett Pittman of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; foster son, Larry Reeves; sisters, Edith May and Floy Wilson; and brother, Bud Wilson all of Madera, Calif.; sister Jewell Corsey of Benton, Ariz.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was Dec. 1.

Following his wishes his body will be donated to the Shriners burn unit for children for medical research and organ donation.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital, the Church of Christ of Bend Youth Camp, or Amaranth Lodge Diabetes fund.

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