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James Horace Wilson, III

James Horace Wilson, III, age 76, of Mena died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his home. He was born on Saturday, September 28, 1940 to James Horace Jr. and Mary Laverne Taylor Wilson in Dallas, Texas.

Jim, as he was known to most of his friends, was an easy going gentleman that always saw the lighter side of things.  He was a person that always tried to be nice to others, with a generous, kind heart.  Jim’s family was the most important thing in his life and he made sure they were taken care of.  Jim loved hearing about the adventures of his children and grandchildren. He shared many tales of his adventures, both kid friendly and not.  Jim was a character of sorts and a wonderful storyteller, not all were necessarily truthful but definitely entertaining.  Jim’s dog, Duke, who died in December of 2016, was a great companion in the last few years. Jim loved socializing, playing golf and going to the fitness center every day.  Jim owned and operated Smith Pallet Company, Inc., in Hatfield for 37 years.  He was the member of the National Wooden Pallet Association.  Jim was a loving husband, father, Pappy and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Donna Wilson of Mena; one son and daughter-in-law, Lyle and Felicia Wilson of Mena; his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Jim Mabry of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Flannery Wilson of New York, New York, Zeb Wilson of Mena, William Mabry of Little Rock, Jack Mabry of Little Rock, and Mary Mabry of Little Rock; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Mena with Pastor Bill Seitz officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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