John D. Wilkinson

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The Rev. John Dougald Wilkinson, 74, of 516 Dillard's Mill Road, passed away peacefully, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 in his home. The Rev. Wilkinson was born in Robeson County, and was the son of the late John D. and Rebecca Campbell Wilkinson. A graduate of Maxton High School in Maxton, he received his Bachelor's degree from Pembroke College, was graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and received his Doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary of Florida. Ordained a Baptist minister on Oct. 29, 1967, he pastored churches in Missouri and both North and South Carolina. He retired from and was named Pastor Emeritus of Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church, and then went on to serve as interim pastor of many churches in the Chowan Association, currently serving at Merry Hill Baptist Church. He had served as moderator of the Chowan Baptist Association, worked in the Chaplain Program at Chowan Hospital, and on each Thursday morning led the morning devotion at Edenton House. In addition to his many years of serving his Lord, he served his country for four years with the United States Air Force. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Elta Mae Michel Wilkinson; three daughters, Adrianna Michelle Wilkinson of the home, Kathryn McCormick and husband, Lonnie, of Nichols, S.C. and Lori Wilkinson and companion, David Kinsey of Stuart, Fla.; two sisters, Martha Wilkinson and Diane Dixon and husband ,Jerry, all of Maxton; three grandchildren, Jennifer Rogers and companion, Nick Cox, of Conway, S.C., Kimi Pelt and husband, John, of Latta, S.C., and Jacob Clemmer of Lexington; two great-grandsons, Sean and Matthew Rogers; a brother-in-law, Mike Michel and wife, Nancy, of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Foster of Glenwood, Minn., a son-in-law, Joe Rogers and wife, Elaine ,of Patrick, S.C.; many nieces, nephews, and extended family members; and many others who loved him. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church by the Revs. Ron Parr and David Roberts. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, handling arrangements. Friends may join the family in the social hall of the church following services, or all other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or the W.M.U. of North Carolina, both in care of Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church, 3025 Virginia Road, Tyner, NC 27980.
Published in The Daily Advance on Oct. 24, 2011
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