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James Wilson

November 5, 2012

James Roland Wilson, 84, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, following a lengthy illness. 

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Visitation with family and friends will follow the service at the church.
Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements.

James Roland Wilson was born in Childersburg, Ala., on July 24, 1928. He received his undergraduate degree from Livingston Teachers College and his masters degree and a Ph.D from the University of Alabama. From 1964 to 1992, he was a professor of Educational Psychology at Mississippi State University and served as department head for a number of years.

Dr. Wilson received many professional awards during his tenure at MSU and was active in many organizations.

Dr. Wilson was an avid Mississippi State sports fan and especially loved supporting the MSU Baseball team. When he was not at the ball park, he enjoyed gardening and carpentry. He especially loved giving away roses he had grown and bluebird houses he had built.

Dr. Wilson worked tirelessly on behalf of many community organizations. He was active in several religious groups including Prison Ministries and Discover God’s Call. He loved his church family at Aldersgate United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher for over fifty years. He also loved his family at Starkville Habitat for Humanity and worked tirelessly in many different capacities in support of their efforts.

He is survived by two daughters, R. Pickett Wilson (Will Locke) and Carolyn McKenzie (Bert), both of Starkville; son, Rodney Wilson of Arlington, Texas; granddaughter, Lauren Galletti (Matthew) of Downington,  Pa.; grandsons, Sean Wilson Steinwedel (Amy) of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Wilson Locke and Barnes Locke of Starkville; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Macy Steinwedel; numerous nieces and nephews; and his special caregivers, Howard Lanier and Erion Lanier. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Moseley Wilson; a daughter; Betty Sue Wilson; and seven siblings.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Starkville Habitat for Humanity or to the MSU Development Foundation Fund in support of the MSU Summer Scholars on Stage which is sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology.

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