Former P & H Cafe owner Wanda Wilson dies

Former P & H Cafe owner Wanda Wilson dies

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Former owner of P & H café, Wanda Wilson, died Friday night at Methodist University Hospital.

Wilson, 70, was a well-known and influential Memphian. Filmmaker Craig Brewer's first film, Poor and Hungry, took its name from the cafe.

Brewer says Wilson is the reason for his success today.

"I mean, I didn't go to film school.  I went to the P & H café, and Wanda Wilson was my professor," said Brewer in a phone interview. "She didn't know much about movies, but she knew a lot of characters."

A public memorial service will be held Saturday, February 14 at Playhouse on The Square at 4:30 p.m.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at High Point Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Iron Hill Pentecostal Church in Wilson's hometown of Parsons, Tennessee.

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