Willie Marion Wilkins was born December 10, 1929 in Halifax, North Carolina to the parents of Wesley and Gertrude Wilkins. He attended the Halifax County School System. At an early age he accepted Christ and attended Twilight Baptist Church in South Weldon, North Carolina for many years. In his adult years he served god in his own personal way and had his own spiritual relationship with god.
Willie was one that loved family life and being a great provider. He was a fantastic dad, a proud man and a man of honor and great respect. He loved everyone and was kind to all he knew. He was dedicated to work and pleasing his family and wanted only the best for them. He loved calling his mom shorty and tapping her on the head. He always peeped in her pots and took a small bite of something she would be cooking. He knew that always put a smile on her face. He was very quiet and soft spoken. He enjoyed patting his hand to music and watching Little Big Shots, CNN and documentaries. He also enjoyed growing a garden and building. He could repair almost anything. Willie wore the most beautiful smile and always was a very handsome young man and he even cut his own hair until the end. He took great pride in how he dressed and how he presented himself to the world. He was a conservative dresser, a uniformed man. And boy did he ever look so good in his Sailor uniform and his Security Officer uniform. He took great pride in all of his careers.
Willie served twenty-two years in the Military. He served two years in the United States Army and twenty years in the United States Navy. He was proud to serve in the Military and felt that it help mold him into the man he became. It allowed him to become educated and to travel all over the world and provided him with benefits of a lasting privilege life. After retiring from the Navy, he went to school to learn how to operate construction machinery Florida in 1975. He also attended Halifax Community College to further educate himself. He worked for twenty years as a Security Officer at Halifax Memorial Hospital until retirement.
Willie spent most of his latter years going to lunch and dinner with his youngest sister Gertrude. They often took mini rode trips just to go for a ride and also visiting his sister, Eva and his daughter Marie and grandson Wesley in Maryland. He enjoyed his last year living in Silver Spring, Maryland with his daughter and grandson and their family dog, Cooper. He was fascinated with the radio phrase ”Sounds like Washington” and watching tractor trailers as they passed by and enjoyed reading every sign he came upon. He was also fascinated by the way the airplanes made streaks in the sky and he loved calling me his “Boss.”
In January 1958 in Emporia, Virginia, he joined holy matrimony with Pearlie Williams Wilkins. During their union an adored and much-loved daughter was born, Marie. She was the love of his life along with his adorable grandson Wesley, whom he cherished. Although Willie and Pearl later divorced in 1969, they remained the best of friends until her death. Willie later remarried in September 1994 and married his long-time companion of many years Mary “Miss Peaches” Neville. He was a faithful and dedicated husband until her death in June 2010. Miss Peaches was his best friend and love of his life as well. She was also his rode partner and he was her “Bay.”
Willie departed this life on Saturday, March 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife (Mary Wilkins) his parents (Wesley and Gertrude Wilkins), three brothers (Wesley, Jr, Meade, Frank, Donell Wilkins and one sister (Maxine Jenkins) He leaves to cherish her memories his devoted daughter Marie Carter and his grandson Wesley Carter of Silver Spring, Maryland, son in law, Harry Carter (Charlotte, North Carolina)wo sisters, Eva Hicks (Richmond, Virginia) Gertrude Wilkins (Littleton, North Carolina) one stepson, Carldine Neville (Raleigh, North Carolina) two step-daughters, Elizabeth Neville and Geraldine Thomas (Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina) four step grandchildren Damone Neville (Greensboro, North Carolina) Stephanie (Rocky Mount, North Carolina) Tacara Neville (Halifax, North Carolina) Calvin Thomas (Charlotte, North Carolina) Christopher Thomas (Greensboro, North Carolina) a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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