Carl Steven (Steve) Wilkins
DELMAR-Carl Steven (Steve) Wilkins of Delmar, Del., passed peacefully at age 65 on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born Nov. 11, 1948, in Salisbury, a son of Carl E. Wilkins and the late Betty Louise Calloway Wilkins.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Debra Phillips Wilkins; a daughter, Mindy Myrick (Lawton); a son, Jacob Wilkins (Manaia); grandchildren, Ryder Myrick and Wyatt Myrick; two brothers, Mike Wilkins (Jo Ann) and Ed Wilkins (Cindi); sister-in-law Karen Wilkins; special companion, Taco (his "little doggie"); and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, Steve was preceded in death by a son, Cliff Wilkins, and a brother, David Wilkins.
Steve was Master of Delmar Masonic Lodge 201 AF&AM, Senior Warden of Wicomico Lodge 91, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Associate Patron of Adah Chapter 5, Order of the Eastern Star and vice president of the Southeast Region Board of Grand Inspectors of the State of Maryland. He was also a founding member and first president of the Men's Auxiliary to the Delmar VFW
After a few passing jobs, Steve settled for 28 years with NRG Energy, where he worked his way up to plant equipment operator and electrician. His passion for learning and desire to excel eventually sent him to San Diego, Calif., as well as Knoxville, Tenn., to continue his education only a few years prior to his retirement. He ended his career with NRG as a qualified controls specialist, CEM's, monitoring their carbon footprint and pollutant output, a job he found both challenging and rewarding.
Steve had many interests, but first and foremost, he was a family man. He loved to share his knowledge and his passions with his children and grandchildren, patiently teaching and guiding. His love of mentoring, however, spilled over into all areas of his life, teaching others to play golf or to ride a motorcycle, and perhaps most importantly, to be a Mason.
Steve served in the Army
Reserves from 1968-1974, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as golf, and in his later years, he and Debi found great enjoyment in riding their motorcycles, "The Captain" and "Ruby". According to his son, Jacob, the majority of his retirement was devoted to helping others. He saw this time as an opportunity, and he used it well. Steve was larger than life, and he touched an untold number of lives. This world was a better place for him having been here.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, Jan. 3, from 7-9 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, and also on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m.-noon. A Masonic service will begin at noon at the funeral home, followed by an Eastern Star service and a funeral service. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar Masonic Lodge 201, 100 East State St., Delmar, MD 21875. Online condolences may be sent the family by visiting www.shortfh.com