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William Wheeler Wilkins

June 29, 1943 ~ August 8, 2020 (age 77)


William (Bill) Wheeler Wilkins, age 77, passed away peacefully  on  Saturday,  August 8th, 2020, at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, a private memorial will be held at a later date. 

Bill was born June 29th, 1943, in Fairmont, WV, to the late Charles and Elma Wilkins. He was a 1961 graduate of West Fairmont High School.  Affectionately known as “Big Bill”, he worked as a Shift Foreman at Martinka Coal Mine (AEP), displaying a strong work ethic and an enthusiastic “get it done” mentality. Bill had the honor of serving as Past Master twice for the Acacia 157 Masonic Lodge in Fairmont, WV. Bill truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; eating delicious food, watching TV, reading and spending time with his family.  Bill also had this uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years,  Freddie  Kay Purvis  Wilkins; son and daughter in law, Will and Sherri Wilkins of Stephens City, Virginia,  daughter and son in law,  Shannon  Wilkins and Gil Cozino of Winchester, Virginia; brother, Edwin Lee Wilkins and nephew Chuck  Wilkins.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Wilkins. 




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