Huey Wilson (1928-2008) and his wife, Angelina (1930-2016), were both born and raised in Depression era Louisiana in large families with modest means. Working together as husband and wife, the Wilsons founded H. J. Wilson Co., Inc., a catalog showroom retail business in Baton Rouge in 1957. The company, after going public in 1971, grew to encompass 80 stores throughout the south. At the time of its sale in 1985, H. J. Wilson Co., Inc. had become the largest company headquartered in Baton Rouge employing 10,000 people and spanning 13 states. That same year, the Wilsons co-founded Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., an oilfield service business headquartered in Houma, Louisiana that went public in 1997 and today employs approximately 2,000 people. The company is the largest US fabricator of offshore production platforms for installation worldwide.
The Wilsonís have been blessed with substantial financial success and have dedicated a meaningful part of their wealth to the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. Their three children Dianne, John (deceased) and Denver and granddaughter, Reneé, as trustees of the Foundation continue their legacy and share in their philanthropic endeavors, which are particularly sensitive to the handicapped, both physical and mental, those afflicted with disease, disadvantaged youth, the hungry and the homeless.