Funeral services for George Willis Wilson, well-known former resident of Bastrop, has been scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary C.M.E. Temple. Rev. James E. Sykes, Jr. will be the officiant of the services. The interment will follow the services in Whispering Pines Cemetery. Visitation for George Wilson will be held from three to five p.m. today in the chapel of Loche's Mortuary, Inc. To send flowers, plants, light a candle, or send words of condolence, kindly go to www.lochesmortuaryinc.com
Friends and relatives are encouraged to wear masks because of Covid 19 and other viruses that are very prevalent in our area. Social distancing is also encouraged at both services.
A Star is Born
On Wednesday, February 19, 1947, Mazoller Lyons and Wilson Willis Wilson were blessed with a precious boy child. To this child was given the name George Willis Wilson. Little did they know that this boy child from the small hamlet of Bastrop would grow up and achieve national acclaim as an actor. A Star was born.
George loved music . He played football, but he was well-known as the Drum Major of the Morehouse Tiger Marching Band. His flair for the dramatics made his performances as drum major notable. There was something about his performances that delighted the Morehouse High home crowd as well as the opposing teams.
After graduating from high school, George moved to Saginaw, Michigan. He found employment at the General Motors plant, but he felt that the was destined to do something else with his life. A friend was taking classes at Michigan State University and he often accompanied him. He decided to enroll in Lansing Community College where he took some classes in acting. Had he found his niche? A Star was born.
George was married to the former Alma Green of Michigan and they were the parents of one son, Daryl.
Things did not go as well as he thought they would, so he decided to go to Los Angeles, California, the home of the stars. He enrolled in many acting classes, but the results were less than desirous. So, George returned to Louisiana and worked as a diesel truck driver. His dream of acting was deferred, but he was not defeated.
Almost a decade later, Shreveport, Louisiana attracted acting companies from California. Scripts were written around the Louisiana atmosphere. George decided that maybe it was time to try ”it” again. In 2007 his dream was no longer deferred. A Star is born. He was cast as s detective in “Cleaner.” This landed him a more prominent role in the movie, “The Great Debaters,” which was based on a the 1930’s Wiley College debate team, starring Denzel Washington. He gained so much from Denzel and used this knowledge to further his acting career. He went on to star in movies with the likes of Robin Givens, Forrest Whitaker, and John Amos. A Star was born.
George eventually moved back to Shreveport where he enjoyed interacting with former classmates. On December 9, 2022, in his apartment in Shreveport, LA, George Willis Wilson, answered his final curtain call.
“Showtime – George Willis”