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Saturday November 12th, 2022
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Long Branch Baptist Church
Saturday November 12th, 2022

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Harold Wilkey

 Harold Wilkey, age 96, of Sylva, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Just before God called him home, his wish was to sing “I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You.” He was the husband of Ruth Wilkey and the son of the late George and Elsie Wilkey.
Harold was a charter member of Long Branch Baptist Church. He was a small business owner, having owned J&W Rentals. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his dear family. 
He served his country as a member of the US Army. A World War II veteran, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and later served as a military policeman and a rifleman. Harold was proud of his service to his country. 
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Marshall Wilkey and Charles Wilkey as well as by two sisters, Georgie Ensley and Irene Wilkey.  
Harold is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ruth Wilkey; one son, Edwin (Pam) Wilkey; one daughter, Bobbie (Roger) Brooks; and two granddaughters, April (Dale) Buchanan and Jennifer (Rodney) Holland. Also surviving are one great granddaughter, Morgan (Trevor) Smith; one great grandson, Bailey Buchanan; one great great grandson, Ryder Buchanan and several special nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 3:00 pm at Long Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Grissom, Rev. Mark Tice, and Rev. Avery Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in the Franklin Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the funeral service from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be given in Harold’s memory to: Long Branch Baptist Church PO Box 162 Dillsboro, NC 28725.

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So very sorry for your loss.

Margie Stephans Nov 15 2022 10:08 PM

So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Thad & Leeunah (Lee) Woods Nov 15 2022 5:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Wilkey

Jolene P, Fox. Sorry to hear of Harold passing, Another world War 11 soldier that served our great Nov 15 2022 10:26 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Wilkey

Doug & Doris Cody Nov 14 2022 7:41 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Wilkey

Barbara Anders Nov 13 2022 6:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Wilkey

Hyde Debbie Nov 13 2022 8:57 AM

You have my deepest sympathies.

Marcella Sellers Nov 12 2022 5:31 PM

Ruth, Bobbie, Edwin and my other dear Cousins,
I'm so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. Please know you're all in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and months.

Love Always,
Judy Wilkey, Whitney & Kodi
Charlotte, NC

Judy D. Wilkey Nov 11 2022 7:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold Wilkey

Charles & Glynda Chambers Nov 11 2022 5:17 PM

A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Barbara B. Freeman Nov 11 2022 12:35 PM

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