McALLEN – Following a long and distinguished career in newspaper advertising and sales leadership, former Valley Town Crier general manager Jack L. Wilson Jr. passed away suddenly last week, family members have publicly announced.
Wilson died on Aug. 8, 2011, while serving as an advertising sales manager at The Monitor in McAllen, leaving behind a lifetime of service, and especially mentoring young people entering the business, family members said.
He served as general manager of the Town Crier from 1992 until 2007 after transferring from the Town Crier's sister publication, the Bargain Book in Brownsville.
Wilson was born in Memphis, Tenn. in 1946. He moved to Brownsville with his family at an early age, and was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in 1964 where he played football. He was also a proud graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in political science and where he played golf and later received a business degree from the University of Texas in Austin.
He was a long-time Rotarian, and served as past President of both the Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club and the McAllen North Rotary Club, devoting many hours of service to both communities and the Rotary International. Wilson was a Paul Harris Fellow.
He was a member of the Church of the Advent Episcopal in Brownsville where he served as Senior Warden, Sponsor to the Episcopal Young Churchmen, and a Sunday school teacher. He also was active in the Diocese of West Texas. He also enjoyed sports, coached youth basketball, and little league baseball, and was an accomplished golfer.
He was married over 42 years to Cecily Runyon Wilson of Brownsville and they have two children, John L. Wilson and Matthew L. Wilson both of McAllen. He is survived by his parents, Jack L. and Eloise G. Wilson, grandson Logan Wilson, and his nephew Kirk Runyon of San Marcos.
Also surviving are his brother Richard (Bea) Wilson, sister Virginia (Ronald) Morgan and nephews Brian Wilson, Joseph (Blanca) Hernandez, Ian Morgan and nieces Leah (Alex) Galvan, Michelle Runyon, and Kate Morgan as well as an aunt and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Joyce Runyon Miller and brothers in-law Geoffrey, Michael and Gregory Runyon, as well as his fraternal grandparents and maternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday August 16, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Advent Episcopal located at 104 W. Elizabeth Street in Brownsville. Interment will follow for the family at the Columbarium and reception will be held in the parish hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Episcopal Day School Scholarship Fund 34 N. Coria Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 or The Church of the Advent Altar Guild.