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Wilkes Boykin Williams

  • Birth 18 Jun 1927 Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 21 Mar 2011 Screven County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 67464573

Wilkes Boykin Williams
veteran, retired
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home
Screven Chapel

Wilkes Boykin Williams died in Screven County hospital after a brief illness on Monday, March 21, 2011. He was born in Sylvania, Georgia, on June 18, 1927. He was the son of the late Robert Eugene and Lucille Boykin Williams. Wilkes is preceded in death by his wife, Jo Marion "Joty"; brother, Gene Williams; and sisters, Emily Chalker and Martha Overstreet.

Wilkes graduated from the University of Georgia in 1953 with a degree in Journalism. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and a recipient of the Bronze Star during his service in Korea. Upon returning from Korea, he began his long career in the newspaper business with the Sylvania Telephone. In 1957, he accepted the position of manager of the Chalker Publishing Company and managing editor of The True Citizen in Waynesboro, Georgia. He and business partner, Roy Chalker Sr., were among the first in the state to offer offset printing from a central location and owned interests in several weekly newspapers in Georgia and South Carolina.

After retiring from the newspaper business, he and wife, Joty, returned to Sylvania and opened Possum Eddy Ace Hardware with long-time friends Willard and Billie Lariscy. After retiring from the hardware business, he and Joty acquired the needed skills and training and opened Williams Appraisal Services. After many successful years of real estate appraisal, he retired once more at age 80 but continued to assist with the occasional appraisal.

Among his many accomplishments, Wilkes was the president of the Waynesboro Rotary Club from 1969-1970 and served as a member of the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church and a director of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce in Sylvania. He was a founding member of both the Briar Creek Coon Hunters Association and Briar Creek Poets Society. To say that his wit was sharp and his poetry original is to state a truth too lightly.

Although his professional and personal life was filled with many successes, the true joys of Wilkes' life were his family and friends. He and Joty, along with their daughters, Kay and Emily Jo, and their families, traveled throughout the United States and to Europe. Wilkes and Joty were always ready for an adventure and never tired of traveling to Maine or the Applachian Mountains. His granddaughters, Brooke and Amy, were his pride and joy and their antics his delight. Wilkes was an avid hunter and fisherman. His ability to coax a bass to the surface even in a wintry Briar Creek and his ability to bring a fast moving dove down from incredible heights were legend. No husband was more devoted, no father more loving and supportive, no grandfather more patient and entertaining, and no friend more beloved.

He is survived by daughter, Kay Rogers, and son-in-law, Bill Rogers Jr.; daughter, Emily Jo Williams, and son-in-law, John Murphy; granddaughter, Brooke, and husband, Ben Sacco; granddaughters, Amy Rogers and Jessica Murphy, sister-in-law, Lillian Williams; several nieces and nephews and countless friends.

The service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Aylvania at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, with the Reverend Mike Benson officiating, followed by burial in Sylvania City Cemetery.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Chapel, Screven Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements.

Statesboro (Ga.) Herald - 22 Mar 2011





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