Long-time Bastrop resident, attorney and judge Woodrow Wilson will be remembered by many as a man who served his community without the need to be in the limelight.

Wilson, who was licensed to practice law in Louisiana in 1949, was a graduate of Bastrop High School and Louisiana State University Law School. He also attended Northeast Louisiana University before joining the United States Navy, where he served as an officer until his discharge after Wold War II.

Upon his return to Bastrop, Wilson established a very successful law practice and remained engaged in the business until his death on Monday, July 8.

"I saw Mr. Woody going into his office last week," Charles Evans said. "He is one of those people you just think will always be around."

Wilson was elected as the Bastrop City Court Judge in 1960, serving in that capacity for 24 years. He not only served on a local level but also on a state level as a Representative from 1954 until 1962. His community service included membership with the Lions Club, where he contributed to its charitable activities throughout the years. He was also a deacon at First Baptist Church of Bastrop and remained active with both the church and the organization.

A tennis player, Wilson played doubles with Floyd Tomboli for many years, traveling across the state and region.

"Judge Wilson was a great tennis player and a great man," Tomboli said. "We had a lot of good times together and I will miss seeing him around the Courthouse Square."

Wilson enjoyed real estate development and created several subdivisions in Bastrop, including the Space Estates Subdivision, where lived until his death.

Wilson was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Mary Bradshaw Wilson and a son, Shawn Stephen Wilson as well as his parents, Frank Levi Wilson and Lila Gibbs.

He is survived by his daughters, Carole Wilson of Bastrop, Cecille Revels of Lafayette and Kathy Wilson of Austin, Texas.

Funeral services for Judge Wilson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Bastrop. Visitation will be held prior to the services, beginning at 1 p.m.