(KMOV) -- The St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation Founder and Former President Earl Wilson, Jr. died at the age of 78.
Wilson was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer in 2009.
In 1994, he founded the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, establishing full four-year scholarships for African American youth to attend historically black colleges and universities. He was instrumental in the construction of the Gateway Classic building and in 2002 he opened the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation doors to serve the St. Louis community. In 2010, the building was renamed the Earl Wilson Jr. Gateway Classic Building.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Billie, his three daughters, Denise, Stacey and Kimberly and his son, Richard.
The funeral will take place on Saturday November 6 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church located at 701 N. 18th Street. St. Louis, MO 63103. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral mass is at 11 a.m.