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Eddie James Wilson
January 15, 1957 ~ June 7, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Eddie James Wilson was born to Roosevelt Wilson, Sr and Lucinda Easily Wilson on January 15, 1957, in Cuba, Alabama.
He played the trombone, and upon graduating from Sumter High School was awarded numerous college scholarships for his musical talent.
He ultimately decided to serve his country in the US Army as a Military Police Officer, and was stationed in Fort Polk, LA. After serving for three years, Eddie relocated to Texas where he not only began his career at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice but met the love of his life. In 1983, he married his forever girlfriend, Brenda Fay Keys and together they shared over 40 years of marriage, raised two children and shared beautiful memories and adventures together.
He was a brother to 10 siblings and play-brother to many. Eddie was also an amazing Uncle to many nieces and nephews who greatly adored him. One of his favorite past times was spoiling his grandchildren who fondly referred to him as Paw Paw.
Eddie's career with TDCJ spanned over 26 years where he served in many leadership roles ending as the Assistant Warden at the Jester 1 Unit. Upon retiring from TDCJ, he was asked to join the Wyoming Department of Corrections as an Associate Warden of the Wyoming State Penitentiary. His outstanding leadership led to many promotions: Deputy Warden, Warden and lastly the Prison Division Administrator. He led with the philosophy of "Lead by example" and "Treat all people with dignity and respect". This garnered him the respect of his peers, officers, and the correctional community at large. Eddie also served many years as the Fundraising Chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carbon County in Rawlins, WY.
Eddie loved God and shared his faith openly, not just by words, but also in deeds and acts of kindness that touched so many lives. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He was a generous man with a huge heart and was known for giving great big bear hugs. His smile could light up a room and his sense of humor could get a laugh out of anyone.
Eddie also loved the great outdoors, farming, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and golfing. His mom instilled in him spiritual and family values that helped shape him into a wonderful, loving husband, father, and friend.
He leaves to cherish his life and memory his beloved wife Fay, daughter Katressa, son Eddie Jermaine; grandchildren Nathan, Eddie Scott, Nadia, and Alexandria; siblings Roosevelt Wilson, Jr, Ella (Anthony) Hill, and Linda (Michael) Smith; special cousins Dorothy Wilson and Ruby Lee; God-children Jessica, Holly, Boch, Hudson, and a host of family and friends.