First Posted: 1/15/2009
Howard Charles Wilkinson, 84, of Pinehurst, a former resident of Lumberton, died Oct. 4.
A memorial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton.
Wilkinson was born Oct. 3, 1918, in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of the late Townsend Clarence Wilkinson and Anges Kuertz, who died in 1928. He attended Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., and Griffin Junior College in Van Wert, Ohio. He was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in Greenland during World War II and the Army Air Corps Reserve in Boise, Idahom during the Korean War.
Early in his life he worked with his family at Wilkinson Printing Company. Following his return from service he was employed by Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert. In 1960, he and his family moved to Bloomington, Ill., where he joined Alpha Cellulose Corporation. In 1968, Alpha Cellulose Corporation moved its headquarters to Lumberton, where he was executive vice president until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement, Wilkinson and his wife moved to The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
During his lifetime, he served on the Board of Robeson County Boy Scouts and was presented the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member of the Masons and founding member of the Jaycees in Van Wert. He also belonged to the Shrine of Wilmington. He served on the board of trustees of the First Federal Saving and Loan in Lumberton, and Marion Institute of Marion, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Margaret Huggins Wilkinson, who died February 2001, and his brother, Richard Townsend Wilkinson.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Joan Eggerss Wilkinson; two daughters, Christine W. Donovan and her husband, Patrick, both of St. Paul, Minn., and Holly W. Floyd of Southern Pines; a son, Bradford Charles Wilkinson; two sisters, Louise W. Evans of Mansfield, Ohio, and Laura W. Conn of Boerne, Texas; and six grandchildren, Dru Donovan, Cullen Donovan, McKeever Donovan, Hennessey Donovan, Turner Floyd and Drexel Floyd.
Memorials may be made to Local Boys and Girls Club or the charity of one's choice.
Powell Funeral Home & Crematory in Southern Pines.