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Robert "Capt. Bob" Wilkerson

Robert "Capt. Bob" Wilkerson, of Ocean City, MD, born June 7, 1928 in Suffolk, Virginia to the late Medford Lawrence and Myrtle Mae Wilkerson, passed peacefully on April 22, 2013.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Kayrell Wilkerson as well as his daughter Sandy and son-in-law, Eric Semke of Wilmington, Delaware; his son Timothy and daughter-in-law Linda of Wellington, Florida; and his daughter Donna Gutridge of Ocean City, Maryland; his grandchildren, Michelle Cornish, Eric Allen Semke, Kaitlin Thatcher, J.V. Gutridge and Reed Wilkerson; his great-grandchildren Emery and Eden Semke, as well as his dear friend and caregiver, Mary Catherine Merritt.

During his younger years in the Taylorville and Berlin areas, "Bobby" was well known for his love of dancing and billiards. After honorably serving his Country in the Korean Conflict, he returned to the Berlin area and worked as a barber. He became known for his generosity and out-going personality.

As a young man, he took his trade to Wilmington, Delaware where he founded the Delaware Barber School. He taught hundreds of men and women the trade he had mastered, continuing to gain the love and respect of each.

Bob is best known for his role of owner and host of Capt. Bob's Steak and Seafood House in Ocean City. His iconic "Mr. Ocean City", the big bull with sunglasses was his landmark contribution to Ocean City, the town he loved. You could always find Bob somewhere around the restaurant, maybe cooking in the kitchen, serving a drink and a smile at the bar or even pulling weed in the parking lot. Always quick with a smile, a handshake and amornery joke. He retired in 2003.

A celebration of Capt. Bob's life will be held Saturday, April 27, at 1 pm, just across the pond from his childhood home at the Taylorville United Methodist Church, Adkins Road (near Ocean Pines), Berlin, Maryland. The family invites our friends to join us immediately following the celebration in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Published in The News Journal on Apr. 25, 2013
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