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December 22, 2009

Dr. John Wilkins Jr.

Dr. John E. Wilkins, Jr., 95, of Greenville passed away Dec. 19, 2009, at his residence.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Rev. Kevin Herbert and Newman Peters officiating. A private graveside will be at Forest Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Dr. Wilkins was born on Sept. 2, 1914, in Greenville to John E. and Mattie Williams Wilkins. On Nov. 10, 1939, he married Elizabeth Hughes in Lone Oak; she preceded him in death in 2007. He served in the U. S. Army as a captain. He graduated from Greenville High School and Texas A&M; University and was a retired veterinarian after practicing in Greenville for many years. He was a charter member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

Serving the Greenville area, he held positions on many boards and committees, was past mayor of Greenville, past school board president, past member of the Greenville Planning and Zoning Committee, former city judge, and voted Greenville Outstanding Citizen. He also served as past president of Texas State Veterinary Board, and chairman of the board of the former Citizens National Bank.

Survivors include his son John E. “Andy” Wilkins III and wife Wrynn of Denison; granddaughters Andrea Ferreira and husband Justin of Weatherford and Angela Kelly and husband Travis of Spring; great-grandson Maxton Wilkins Ferreira of Weatherford; niece Lisa Miller and son Tyler of Richardson; and daughter-in-law Janey Wilkins of Corpus Christi.

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard Hughes Wilkins, and brother and sister Hal and Madge.

Pallbearers will be Mariann Barkley Andrews, Dee Hilton, Pud Lauderdale Kearnes, Sharon Hackney Leonard, Carol Stephenson Linkenauger, Wynn Warren Sikes, and Marcia Vallancey Streiber.

The family requests memorials be made to the Greenville Little League, in care of Joe Winniford, American National Bank, P. O. Box 8222, Greenville, 75404.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

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