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HAMPTON - James H. "Jimmy" Wilson, 73, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013. A native of Texas, he was a longtime Hampton resident. Jimmy was a graduate of, and strong advocate for, the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. He played football for the Builders while a student, and later was head coach for a number of years. He retired as Director of Trades from the Newport News Shipyard in 2000 after 39 years of service. An avid salt water fisherman, he was a US Coast Guard licensed boat Captain and member of the Hatteras Marlin Club. He loved spending free time at his second home at Pirate's Cove in Manteo, NC, where he kept his boat, the Miss Ann and pursued his love of fishing. A loving husband, father, and exceedingly proud grandfather, he will be greatly missed but his legacy endures. His son is an Apprentice graduate, and his grandson is currently an Apprentice. A fellow shipbuilder and dear friend stated that Jimmy was "a real shipbuilder, a real boss, and a real man." His family couldn't agree more. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ann W. Wilson; his daughter, Wendy Connly and her husband, Mike of Hampton; his son, James "Bart" Wilson and his wife, Liz of Suffolk; two grandchildren, Josh Connly and Samantha Connly Fiore and her husband, Tony; a sister-in-law, Billie Jean Neil; a brother-in-law, Bobby Wheless; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel by Rev. John C. Price. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Friday at the funeral home and at the home of Wendy Connly at other times. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to , , 11830 Canon Blvd., Ste. A102, Newport News, VA 23606.
Published in Daily Press on Mar. 29, 2013
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