Marion Thomas Wilkinson

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Marion Thomas Wilkinson, 96, passed away on March 9, 2017 at his residence. A private burial with military honors was held at Forestlawn Gardens. Mr. Wilkinson was born on August 30, 1920 in Birmingham. He is a graduate of Oxford High School and Alabama School of Trades where he received a degree in electronics. During his career, he worked for the US Air Force, General Electric Company and US Army TRADOC at Ft. McClellan, retiring in 1980. During his retirement, he was an artist and enjoyed working with wood. He created many unique pieces and his work has been the subject of several articles in The Anniston Star. Mr. Wilkinson served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the US Army in 1942. During WWII, he served in North Africa, Italy and Southern France, where he was wounded before being captured as a prisoner of war. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and was featured in the PBS documentary "World War II: Alabama Remembers". He was a member of The , Chapter 98. Mr. Wilkinson is survived by a son, Thomas E. Wilkinson; daughter, Debrah Wilkinson Pratt and son-in-law, Bob Pratt; a grandson, Brian Wilkinson; four great-grandchildren, Wesley, Tommy, Zachary and Jackie Wilkinson; a great-great-grandson, Waylon Wilkinson; a sister, Eloise Tinker, and a brother, Robert "Skeet" Wilkinson. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Opal Brown Wilkinson; his parents, George and Bertie Moore Wilkinson; twin sister, Margaret Sparks; four sisters and six brothers. The family would like to recognize special friends, Melvin Ford, Harold Payne, Ken Buttram, the AlaCare team, and caregivers Veniesa, LaToya, Carmela and Stephanie. Memorial donations may be made to , Chapter 98, Anniston/Oxford, 1810 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Rd. Anniston,
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Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 14, 2017
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