Wilson James Northcross, Jr. ’39

Wilson James Northcross, Jr. ’39 of Memphis died December 12, 2006. He began his career as a sports announcer on WMC radio and also performed as a singer. He was a Navy lieutenant during World War II, serving as a communications officer aboard ship. After the war, he became nationally known as “The Voice of Firestone” and a pioneer in Memphis television as an on-air personality at WMC-TV. He joined Pepper-Tanner Studios and advanced from announcer to executive. He founded the radio and broadcast ministry for Second Presbyterian Church, serving forty-seven years. He was an elder emeritus. In retirement, he tutored children at the Neighborhood Christian Center. Survivors include his wife of sixty-five years, Jane Lederer Northcross, 200 Montrose. Memphis, Tenn. 38117; a daughter, Vicki Fletcher of Perryville, Ark.; four sons, Wilson Northcross III of Memphis, Van Northcross of West Barnstable, Mass, Jordan Northcross of LaGrange and Ste