In Memoriam – Wilson Montgomery


By G. Robert Frazier
June 17, 2020

Past TSA President James Wilson Montgomery passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 after a year-long, brave fight with cancer.

Wilson began in entertainment as a standup comedian and actor. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with degree in Speech and Theater. He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and was awarded the honor of being in the third-year production ensemble. He has acted Off-Off Broadway in New York, and done a number of commercials as well as a children’s TV series, “Mr. Henry’s Wild and Wacky World.”

Parenthood (the lifestyle, not the movie or TV series) lead Wilson to Nashville, where he is survived by his daughters, Hope and Rachel; grandsons, Christian and Vinny; his mother June; father John (Gale); sister Jill Dempsey (Ed); brother, Lee; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He grew up in Knoxville, graduated from Bearden High School in 1981, received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from University of Tennessee, and completed an acting program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, in 1989. Wilson loved the theater, acting & writing. He performed in several local theater productions before moving to Nashville, where he had a successful construction business.

He served as President of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville TN 37203 or Middle TN Al-Anon, 176 Thompson Lane, Suite G-3, Nashville TN 37211.

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