Huey J. Wilson (1928 - 2008), Co-founder and Trustee
Angelina M. Wilson (1930 - 2016), Co-founder and Trustee
Mr. Wilson was a master jeweler, and working along with Angelina, his wife of 58 years, built their business into an 80-store jewelry catalogue showroom and retail enterprise in 12 states, making him a true pioneer in the catalogue showroom industry. Mr. Wilson was co-founder and member of the board of Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., served on the board of Salvation Army and General Health in Baton Rouge. Over the years, Mr. Wilson received numerous recognition. Notably in 1981, he received the Horatio Alger Award; he was named B’nai B’rith Man of the Year; in 1983 he received the SME Marketer of the Year Award; in 2001 he was named Ernst & Young "Master Entrepreneur” of the Year; and was inducted into the Baton Rouge Business Awards Hall of Fame in 2002.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Salvation Army of Baton Rouge Women's Auxiliary and a founding member of the Louisiana Capital Area American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. She volunteered countless hours to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, and she also enjoyed volunteering at her church, Sherwood Baptist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were instrumental in establishing the Louisiana Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and have remained sustaining donors over the years. Additionally, they have shared in their philanthropic endeavors by establishing the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, which is particularly sensitive to the mentally and physically handicapped, those afflicted with disease, the disadvantaged youth, the formerly incarcerated, the hungry and the homeless.
As we reflect on their lives, knowing their Christian beliefs, we find solace in the hope that they are in a better place. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are both greatly missed by all of us, and the family foundation will celebrate their lives by continuing to pursue their vision to strengthen and empower our community.