Leola King Wilson passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California.
She was born on Jan. 20, 1919 in Seminole County, Oklahoma, and spent her youth in Los Angeles, California.
Known as “Goldie” to friends, she moved to San Francisco in 1946 and lived in the Fillmore District until 2010. Wilson owned and operated several businesses including Oklahoma King’s Bar-B-Q, The Blue Mirror, The Birdcage Tavern and Goldie’s Supper Club.
Often called “The Queen of Fillmore,” Wilson was host to many celebrities at her clubs and her home in the Fillmore.
In 1953, she opened the Blue Mirror, a successful and hugely popular nightclub that played a major part in the Fillmore District’s documented blues and jazz history.
A visit to San Francisco was not complete without a stop at the Blue Mirror. The club featured both local artists such as Bobby Webb, Saunders King, Frank Jackson, Earl Grant, Lowell Fulson, and world-renowned performers such as Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, The Mills Brothers, Sarah Vaughn, Flip Wilson’s first onstage audition and many more.
On any given evening, you might find the likes of Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Edward G. Robinson, Ernie Kovacs, Ray Charles, Charles Brown, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and many other celebrities.
Mrs. Wilson will be remembered for the memorable class and dignity she brought to every business she operated during her 50-year career in San Francisco.
Wilson is survived by her son Tony, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street, San Francisco. A repast will follow from 4 – 7 p.m. at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.