James M. Willson Jr. passed away April 9, 2016. Jimmy was born November 30, 1921 in Hale Center, Texas to J.M..Willson Sr. and Mavis Terry Willson. He completed secondary education at Floydada High School and college education in accounting at S.M.U. He served in the army in WW II and married Anne O'berry Newman in 1946. They were in the lumber and hardware business in Floydada until 1989. He served many public service jobs during his life including Methodist Lay Leader, city mayor as well as being a 50 year plus member of Boy Scouts, Rotary International and Lions Club among many other organizations. Jimmy was a member of the Floydada Rotary Club and served as Rotary District 573 (now 5730) Governor in 1963-1964 and in 1964-1965. The only District Governor to serve two terms. His first love was work on behalf of Freemasonry and its charities. Jimmy served as Grandmaster of Texas Masons as well as an officer in four national masonic organizations. Dad truly believed that "....no man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child".

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by five children: Mac Willson, Linda Noy and husband Nick, Jane Traugott and husband Joe, John and Terry.

Graveside service with Masonic Rites were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada. Memorial Service was held at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Floydada with Ken Peterson officiating. Arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada.
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community, the world, and Rotary International.