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James Craig Wilson, 79

 Warsaw resident James Craig Wilson died Monday, February 18, at Gallatin Health Care. He was 79 years old.
Mr. Wilson was a 1952 graduate of Gallatin County High School where he played basketball.
He attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond where he earned his bachelorís degree.
He received his masterís degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati and began his career in education, first teaching at Reading High School in Cincinnati.
In 1966, Mr. Wilson accepted the position of principal at Gallatin County High School where he was instrumental in the construction of the schoolís first tennis courts and oversaw major improvements to the baseball complex.
After leaving education in 1971, he became the third generation of his family to own and operate Wilson Lumber and Hardware in Warsaw.
After his retirement, he operated Gridley Farms, which had been owned by his family since the 1860s.
His love of horse racing began in high school when he hitchhiked to the first of many Kentucky Derbies he attended. Mr. Wilson eventually owned several race horses.
He was passionate about basketball and especially his beloved Louisville Cardinals.
He was a season ticket holder for over 30 years and attended many NCAA tournament games, including their 1986 championship game in Dallas with his daughter, Wendy.
He is survived by his wife, Dean Rubarts Wilson of Warsaw; two daughters, Marcia Wilson Kronn of Brunswick, Georgia, and Wendy Wilson Cox of Brentwood, Tennessee; one sister, Shirley Holderby of Warsaw; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Warsaw Christian Church.
Bro. Darrell Maines will conduct the funeral service immediately following visitation.
Burial will be at the Warsaw Cemetery.
Joe Wright, Steve Huddleston, Bobby Froman, Winston Carver, Roy Neely, Kenny French, Lee Bledsoe and Dennis Raisor will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Adams, Larry Rodig, Jim Froman, Raymond Ashcraft, Lafe Smith Jr., Joe Smith and Ben Hord.
Memorials are suggested to the Parkinsonís Association or the American Diabetes Foundation.

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