James P. Wilson, union employee, Army veteran and artist

Wilson : Former SEIU employee
Wilson : Former SEIU employee
Posted: April 03, 2013

BILLY WILSON enjoyed being the center of attention. The high-spirited Billy, always fashionably dressed, would take to the dance floor with the slightest provocation, and charm his friends with his outgoing personality.

"He made friends easily," said his daughter Tahirah Wilson. "He never held anything back."

James P. Wilson, known as Billy, was a 10-year employee of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which represents office cleaners in Center City, an artist whose work reflected the African-American experience, an Army veteran and a doting father and grandfather. He died March 19 of respiratory complications. He was 69 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Billy was born in Bennettsville, S.C., to Marion Wilson and Vernise Hepburn. He came to Philadelphia as a child and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1961.

After a stint in the Army, in which he served in Korea, he went to work for the union. He retired in 1996.

"He was very compassionate," his daughter said. "He loved doing things with the family."

Billy enjoyed traveling, and would return to the South to visit family and friends.

He was a self-taught artist whose African-themed paintings are cherished by family and friends.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by a son, William Wilson; another daughter, Brittney Lewis; a sister, Margie Wilson; and five grandchildren.

Services: Were March 29.

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