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Willie O. Wilkins, Sr.


Sunrise: April 14, 1925

Sunset: August 7, 2019

Willie Oscar Wilkins, Sr. went to eternal glory on August 7, 2019. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 14, 1925 to the late Mattie Wilkins Crawford and the late Archie Crawford. Being raised mostly by Christian aunts and uncles, he was brought up in church at an early age, and he knew the LORD. He served in the U. S. Army, doing two tours of duty, World War II and the Korean War. He always acknowledged how Psalms 23 got him through those wars.

On July 2, 1946 , he was joined in matrimony to Katherine Lewis and finally moved to Suffolk, VA. They were married for almost 64 years before God called her home. In the spring of 1973 he along with G.L. Parker and Leroy Coltrane helped start and manage the Pughsville Pythons baseball team. The goal was to provide the youth with some extra recreation in order to help keep them out of trouble.

He retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a boilermaker in the early 1980’s and started working at Stanley Home Products with his lovely wife. He loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. His favorite football teams were the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was preceded by his parents; twin brother, William Oscar Wilkins; wife, Katherine  Wilkins; sister, Maxine Wilkins; and daughter, Rita W. Wilson. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Willie O. Wilkins, Jr.(Elaine); grandchildren, Zacchaeus Wilson, Jr., Melva Wilson, and Deanna Wilkins; greatgrandchildren, Nyshala Simmons, Khaleel Copeland, Jaikari Simmons, and Taniyah Forbes; son-in-law, Zacchaeus Wilson, Sr, all of Suffolk, VA, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12 Noon New Hope Baptist Church 4260 Pughsville Road Suffolk, VA 23435 Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Marion Wrenn says

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May his Grace and Mercy comfort you during this difficult time.

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    Alonzo Allen says

    We were so sorrow to hear about Willie’s passing.We pray that the love of family and friends will comfort you in the days ahead.

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