John Wilkins

Apr 27, 2014

1943 — 2014

CANTON — John Wilkins, 79, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his residence.

A native of Robeson County, he was the son of the late Roy Clarence and Ruby Jones Wilkins and was also preceded in death by a brother, James Wilkins.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as part of the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict and later worked in construction.  He attended the Baptist church and was an AA member for 31 years. John enjoyed living in the mountains and loved to travel across the Blue Ridge Parkway.

He is survived by his fiancée of 19 years, Helen Boone, of Candler; a daughter, Rosanne Hand, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; a son, John Anthony Wilkins, and his wife, Patricia, of Nolensville, Tennessee; one brother, Marvin C. Wilkins, and his wife, Jane, of Dunn, North Carolina; ex-wife, Dorothy Wilkins; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29,  in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Cayton officiating.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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