James Benjamin Wilson - Class of 1961
September 15, 1943 - November 29, 2020
James was born at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Â He passed away at home in Hawthorne, California. Â He was preceded in death by his parents John Benjamin Wilson and Juanita Hudson, step-father George Hudson, brother John Brian Wilson, sisters Frances Gomez and Juanita Spellman. Â He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Pamela, his step brother Dennis Hudson, uncle Raymond Nichols, aunts Mildred Handel and Marian Mirable, and numerous nieces and nephews.
James (Jim) spent the first ten years of his life in Modesto, California. Â The family relocated to Southern California in the early fifties where his father found work in the aerospace/defense industry. Â Jim graduated from Leuzinger High School where he was active on the stage crew. Â He went on to El Camino College where he spent five years on the stage crew. Â He invited a fellow Leuzinger graduate, Pamela Anderson, to a cast party and they married three and a half years later. Â After Baywatch was broadcasted on television, he enjoyed telling friends and coworkers that he married Pamela Anderson.
He returned to Leuzinger High School as stage manager in 1967. Â He later moved to maintenance and worked at the various high schools in the Centinela Valley Union High School District.
Jim was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks serving twice as Exalted Ruler, once of Hawthorne Lodge and once of Gardena Lodge.
He was a member of several magic clubs and an accomplished magician of close up magic.
He served his church as Deacon and Elder.
Jim and Pam enjoyed traveling by car, bus, train, ship and riverboat. Â In 2012 they cruised westward from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Venice, Italy. Â During that trip they took the land tour to the Taj Mahal.
They belonged for a time to a square dance club which they enjoyed so much they invited their widowed mothers to the clubs square dance class. Â (It was there that Jimâ€™s mother met Jimâ€™s step father George.)
A memorial service will be conducted via ZOOM. Â His ashes will be shattered at sea at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to one of Jimâ€™s favorite Elk and church charities would be appreciated.
Elks: In memory of James B. Wilson, P.E.R.
Elks National Foundation, Inc
(Funds are used for Scholarships for high school seniors.)
260 N. Lakeview Ave
Chicago, IL Â 60614-2256
CHEMPI (also Elks)
(Funds go for pre-school health screenings and in-home PT and other therapies)
5450 E Lamona Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727-2224
Church: In memory of Jim Wilson
Calvary Presbyterian Church for Deacons
(Funds go to support local food distribution.)
13560 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA Â 90250