William Glen Wilkins, 85, son of William “”Bill”” Green and Lula Joyce Akers Wilkins, was born Feb. 15, 1919, at Storyage Creek at Eminence. He died March 5, 2004, at Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. At an early age, he started working for Millman Lumber Co. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and took his basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. He served on the U.S.S. Bridge in the South Pacific for four years during World War II. He married Freda Lucille Koogler March 1, 1947. They were married 57 years and had six children. In 1954, while living at Laramie, Wyo., he accepted the Lord as his savior. He and his wife were baptized in the North Platte River at Laramie, Wyo. At the time of his death, he was a member of the First Baptist Church at Summersville. Mr. Wilkins worked for many years in the lumber business in Colorado and Wyoming. On returning to Missouri, he lived on the family farm. He worked for Craig Charcoal Co. and was a construction worker for Bill Vermillion. Mr. Wilkins was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7222 and volunteered many hours serving the post and community. He liked hunting fox, deer and coon and well as riding horses and working. He enjoyed building things out of wood and spent hours in his shop. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon, Clinton, Gordan and Billy; sisters, Lilly and Theo; and a great-grandson. Surviving are his wife of the home; daughters, Nedria Plowman and LaDonna Hartman of Summersville, Glenda Wilkins of Ozark and Johanna Lootens of Jefferson City; sons, Dwane Wilkins of Ridgeland, S.C., and Tony Garrison of Jefferson City; brothers, Doyle Wilkins and Leland Wilkins; sisters, Thema Warren and Edna Engler; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several step-grand- and step-great-grandchildren. Services were March 8 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Albert Steelman, the Rev. Steve Steelman and the Rev. Tommy Boyd officiating. Burial with military rites was in the Summersville City Cemetery. “

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