AUSTIN JAMES WILSON Austin James Wilson, 18, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep January 9th, 2018 due to a preexisting condition in Orlando Florida. He was born February 5th, 1999 to Tracy-Ann Shirley and Andrew Wilson in Port Charlotte, Florida. In July of 2004, Tracy-Ann Shirley moved her family to Wilmington. In his adolescence, Austin was in The Community Boys and Girls Club Drum and Drill Team and learned to play the cymbals, snare drum, bass drum, and quads. He developed his love of working with others and his interest in building at DREAMS of Wilmington. At the age of 12 he became a member of Kids Making It Woodworking Program (KMI) which fueled his passion for architecture and building. Before completing high school, he was able to successfully complete a summer jobs program with KMI that further confirmed his devotion to work in construction with his Running-Man Crew. He also worked with Dan at Plantation Builders on his senior project. Austin graduated from New Hanover High School where he enjoyed his woodworking electives, continued to participate in KMI, and was in Band. After graduation, he was one of hundreds who applied to be an apprentice on This Old House. Because of his hard work and determination, he was selected to join This Old House's crew in the summer of 2017. It was an amazing experience for him. Austin was a student at Cape Fear Community College, working towards a degree Construction Management. Austin was thankful for all these opportunities that helped him reach his goals and make his dreams come true. Austin was also very blessed to know God and have a very supportive Church Family at The Lord's Church of Wilmington. Austin is survived by his Mother; Tracy, Grandmother; Claudia, Sisters; Nikieta, Natasha, Ny'Ashia, Ny'Iesha, and Brother; Michael Jr., as well as additional family members, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family, friends, and others whose lives Austin touched are invited to his home-going service scheduled at 12:00pm Saturday, January 20th at Warner Temple AME Zion Church located at 620 Nixon Street, Wilmington NC, 28401. Pastor R. Bruce Miller will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday, January 19th from 5-8pm at Davis Funeral Home 901 S. 5th St. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Austin Wilson Memorial Fund c/o Kids Making It 617 Castle St. Wilmington, NC 28401 or online at www.kidsmakingit.org
. Please note that it's for the memorial fund. Proceeds will go to provide family support.