Wilma Louise Allman (James), a native of Dayton, born to Joseph and Emma James on January 18, 1925, passed away May 22, 2020. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Emma James, her father-in-law Matthew Williams, Sr., father in-law and mother-in-law Daniel Edward and Minnie Lee, her loving husband of forty nine years, Loy T. Allman and first husband, Matthew Williams, Jr., sisters Nell Marie James, Olivia Jenkins and Geneva James, and brothers, Lee, Clark, Russel, and Elmore Taylor, Joseph W. James, and Bolden E. “Gene” James, and her sisters-in-law Dorothy Winburn, Nancy Williams, Richie Lee, Anna Mae Pricilla, Grace Millie, Lucille Bernice, Wilma Grey, and brothers-in-law Moses, Willie Claxton, Ernest Daniel, Robert Tonny, Mathis Council, Arthur Burr, and Eugene Oscar. Wilma was a member of the Dunbar Class of 1943 and chaired its last Class Reunion Dinner in 2003. She is a retiree of Con Edison where she worked in the Public Affairs Department. She had been an active member of Phillips Temple since returning from New York in 1998 where she was a member of Faith United Methodist Church for thirty four years. While at Phillips Temple, she was a member of the Missionary Dorcas, Rose of Sharon Circle, Prime Time, and First Impressions. She was also a member of the Melis Bess Child Development Center. Prior to moving to New York, she had been a member of Bethel Baptist Church since early youth.
During her 37 years living in New York, Wilma was a member of many organizations, including NAACP and NCNW. Wilma actively served her community by holding various positions in different organizations. She was the founder of The Evelyn Marshal Sc. Association, President of the National Council of Negro Women, President of the Society for Seamen’s Children, Board Member of Staten Island Hospital and Board Member of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She was also active on the community boards for Seaview Hospital & Home and American Red Cross and a member of the New Neighbor League. She also received numerous awards during these years, which include the Staten Island Women of Achievement Award and the Borough President’s Award, as well as awards from associations such as the New York Urban League, NAACP, and Seaview Hospital & Home.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Sharon Lee Javed (Wallace Walker) of Fort Worth, Texas, son Gary Williams, Sr. of San Diego, California, niece Bonnie Jenkins, nephews Tony Jenkins and Melvin Jenkins, and niece Dyan (Need) Walker of Dayton, Ohio, granddaughters Renee (Tony) Perry of Huntersville, North Carolina and Twyla (Brandon) Crowder of Fort Worth, Texas, grandsons Loy Williams and Gary Williams, Jr. of San Diego, California, and great grandchildren, Aliyah Williams of San Diego, California, Sophia Crowder and Ava Crowder of Fort Worth, Texas, loving sisters-in-law, Mattie James and Lamar James, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
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