William "Bill" Wilkes, 79, of Cave City died Sept. 16, 2002, at his home.
Born March 20, 1923, at Sidney, he was the son of Jimmy and Ola Cargill Wilkes. He was a farmer, retired from ConAgra in Batesville, and worked 12 years for the Cave City Nursing Home. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, and was a member of Sidney Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lula M. Wilkes; five sons and daughters-in-law -- Archie M. and Tina Wilkes, and Danny A. and Carol Wiles, all of Cave City, Buell D. and Carolyn Wilkes of Evening Shade, Bobby D. and JoAnne Wilkes of Cave City, and Michael S. and Ann Ring of Batesville; three daughters and sons-in-law -- Nona and Ernie Ford of Cave City, Wonema and Darrell Thompson of Sidney, and Tammy and Chris Romero of Cave City; a brother, Finis Ray Wilkes of Cave City; a sister, Thadece Holley of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren -- Misty Morris and Brandon Wilkes, both of Pittsburg, Texas, Holley Smith and Heather Smith, both of Cave City, Marty Shreve of Fort Worth, Texas, Jenny Davis of Cave City, Tara Little of South Pasadena, Calif., Christopher Wilkes of Evening Shade, Byron Wilkes of Little Rock, Summer Romero, Traven Romero and Dalton Romero, all of Cave City; four great-grandchildren -- Andrew Morris and Bradon Wilkes, both of Pittsburg, Texas, Emilee Davis of Cave City, and Adrian Little of South Pasadena, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, W.J. Wilkes; a sister, Camilee Finley; and two half-brothers, Ray Evans and Drexel Evans.
The funeral was Sept. 18 at Sidney Baptist Church with Alvin Wiles, Grayden Milligan and Mike Ring officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Carmel Cemetery at Sidney.
Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Felix Smith, W.C. Evans, James Watson, Roger Hooper, Roy Glen Provence and John Ables.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Westmoreland, Troy Duvall, Gerald Marlin, Tom Qualls, Pete Kirk and Raymond Davis.