August 22, 1933 ~ June 15, 2021 (age 87)


Betty Jean (Wilson) James was born to Elroy and Johnnie Mae Wilson in San Antonio, Texas. The only and oldest daughter during this time to many brothers. She did her schooling at Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Phyllis Wheatley High School, and St. Phillips College.

She built her career of almost 50 years in retail; corporations such as Wolf and Marxs, Joske’s, Dillard’s and Macy’s in downtown San Antonio. Betty was the first black Sales Associate in San Antonio with end retailers. This lead her journey to modeling, newspaper features, and T.V. commercials on a prestigious network.

Betty was a loving wife and very supportive mother. Her children got the value of a Catholic School education. She was very proud of all their accomplishments. Betty found great joy in all her family, Emmanuel Baptist Church and her grandchildren, They were her sunshine!

She often attended the Opera and Broadway plays at the Majestic theatre with close co-workers. Eastern Star, National Postal Alliance and Quarter Century Club were memberships that delighted her also.

She was a beautiful woman with a “no non-sense” motto. 

Betty Jean James is survived by her sons: Charles (Mary), and Alvin (Judy); daughter, Diane; brothers: Woodrow (rose), Ernest, and John (Thelma); grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty’s spirit is in Heaven together again with her husband Nathaniel, son William, daughter, Gail, brothers: Leon and Earl; and her parents

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Funeral Service
June 19, 2021

10:00 AM
F.E. Lewis Memorial Chapel
811 So. W.W. White Road
San Antonio, TX 78220

Private Interment

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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