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Emma Jean Wilson

Emma Jean Wilson

Tuesday July 19th, 1938 - Tuesday March 16th, 2021
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Emma Jean Wilson, 82 of Sacramento, CA was born July 19, 1938 to the late Nathaniel and Willie Lee Adams in Cleveland, OH. Jean as she was called by her siblings was the oldest of 7 children. Emma was a Christian woman, who believed in Christ and was Baptized at an early age at Tri-Stone Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH. She became the youngest charter member of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland where she sang in the choir and taught Bible school. She later moved to Holy Trinity Baptist Church where each Sunday with her children in tow, she led the Cherub Choir.

On December 15, 1956 Emma was united in marriage to Alfred Joel Wilson, the love of her life who preceded her in death. To this union 6 children were born. In 1975, along with her family, they moved to Los Angeles, CA, but later moved to Simi Valley, CA where they lived until they moved to Chattanooga, TN in 1991. After moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee she joined Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor William H. Ryan. Her servant heart lead her to serve on the nurse’s board, vacation bible school teacher, Sunday school teacher, director of the youth choir and sung in the mass choir. She loved helping others and was a devoted servant of God. She worked as CNA for many years and a daycare teacher and cook at A Childs Network and Rainbow Daycare.

She was dedicated to her family and loved supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. On the weekends you could find her cheering for her grandkids on the baseball or softball field or traveling across the country for track meets. She was a strong supporter of Tyner Middle and High School. On Friday nights you could find her at football games working the concession stand. It didn’t matter what her children or grandchildren were involved in she was their cheerleader on and off the field.

In 2018, Emma moved to Sacramento, CA and resided there until she departed this life on March 16, 2021.
Emma leaves to mourn and cherish her loving memory 3 sons, Luther Sr (Elaine) of Alta Loma, CA, Alfred Jr (Heather) and Kenneth of Chattanooga, 4 daughters, Theresa of Chattanooga, Deborah (Edwin) of Sacramento, CA, Charleen (Gregory) and Cheril of Chattanooga, 4 brothers Nathaniel (Audrey), Warren (Antoinette), William (Brenda) and Joseph, 2 sisters Eula and Karen, and sister-in-law Sharon Wilson (Don). Emma was blessed with 32 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Emma Jean was a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt and she will truly be missed.
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Rest peacefully my Queen. God Bless You.

A public viewing will be held 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, April 9, 2021, at Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.



















Emma Jean Wilson, 82, of Sacramento, California, was born July 19, 1938, to the late Nathaniel and Willie Lee Adams in Cleveland, Ohio. Jean, as she was called by her siblings, was the oldest of 7 children. Emma was a Christian woman, who believed in Christ, and was baptized at an early age at Tri-Stone Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. She became the youngest charter member of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland where she sang in the choir and taught Bible school. She later moved to Holy Trinity Baptist Church, where each Sunday with her children in tow, she led the Church Choir.

On December 15, 1956, Emma was united in marriage to Alfred Joel Wilson, the love of her life, who preceded her in death, and to this union, 6 children were born. In 1975, along with her family, they moved to Los Angeles, CA, but later moved to Simi Valley, California, where they lived until they moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1991. After moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee, she joined Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor William H. Ryan. Her servant heart lead her to service on the nurse's board, vacation bible school teacher, Sunday school teacher, director of the youth choir and sung in the mass choir. She loved helping others and was a devoted servant of God. She worked as a CNA for many years and a daycare teacher and cook at A Child's Network and Rainbow Daycare.

She was dedicated to her family and loved supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. On the weekends, you could find her cheering for her grandkids on the baseball or softball field or traveling across the country for track meets. She was a strong supporter of Tyner Middle and High School. On Friday nights, you could find her at football games, working the concession stand. It didn't matter that her children or grandchildren were involved in, she was the cheerleader on and off the field.

In 2018, Emma moved to Sacramento, California and resided there until she departed this life on March 16, 2021.

Emma leaves to mourn and cherish her loving memory, 3 sons, Luther Sr. (Elaine) of Alta Loma, California, Alfred Jr. (Heather) and Kenneth of Chattanooga; 4 daughters, Theresa of Chattanooga, Deborah (Edwin) of Sacramento, California, Charleen (Gregory) and Cheril of Chattanooga; 4 brothers, Nathaniel (Audrey), Warren (Antoinette), William (Brenda) and Joseph; 2 sisters, Eula and Karen; sister-in-law, Sharon Wilson (Don). Emma was blessed with 32 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; 2 godchildren, Aaron of Pennsylvania and Atoria of Chattanooga, along with a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Emma Jean was a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. She will truly be missed

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

Rest peacefully my Queen, God Bless You.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday April 8th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday April 8th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    Address
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday April 9th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday April 9th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Ridgedale Baptist Church
    Address
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