Gary L. Wilkes
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December 30, 2011
Your earthly days are over; restless nights have passed. God received you in His arms and whispered peace at last. Gary Lamar Wilkes left home for heaven on December 30, 2011. He was born in Bartow, Florida on November 7, 1954, to Emaline Jones and Lamar Wilkes. He graduated from Bartow High in 1972 and entered the Navy, serving on the USS Flint. After his service to his country, he attained an AS degree from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida and a Construction Management Degree from Florida International University in Miami. He was married to Nadine Wilkes for 30 years and was the proud father of their 4 sons; Alex Wilkes (West Palm Beach), Kevin Wilkes (Tampa), Sean Wilkes (Alva) and Grayson Wilkes (Alva). What their hearts once knew, they shall never forget. He leaves behind Tamara Wilkes, wife and her children Waylon, Brandon and Jeri Strout. Gary will be dearly missed by his mother Emaline Jones, his step dad Rex Jones, father Lamar Wilkes and step mother Nancy Wilkes. He is also survived by his 3 half-brothers Junior, Donald and Mark Thompson, 2 step sisters Linda Allor (Pat) and Jewel Coppola along with many extended family members.
Gary's hobbies were endless and included woodworking, antique collecting, fly fishing, old car restoration and cooking. But above all, he had a passion for missions and utilizing his talents in construction to help those who have been affected by tragedy or calamity.
The celebration of Gary's life will be held on Wednesday, January 4 at 10:00 AM at Next Level Church, 12400 Plantation Rd. Ft Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Next Level Church -Missions. A military service, date to be announced at the memorial, will be held in Sarasota Florida.
Although we are not together, we will never be apart because you will always hold a special place in all your loved ones hearts. Your voyage is now over, the boat has reached the shore, the anchor has been set and peace is yours once more. Life is eternal, love will remain, In God's own time, we will meet again
Published in The News-Press from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2012