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Raymond Everett Wilkins

June 8, 1933 ~ March 17, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Raymond Wilkins Obituary

Raymond Everett Wilkins, a beacon of strength, kindness, and unwavering dedication, peacefully departed this world on March 17, 2024, in Springtown, Texas, leaving behind a legacy of love and enduring memories. Born on June 8, 1933, in the quaint town of Grandfield, Oklahoma, Raymond was the son of William Harvey Wilkins and Alice Townsend Wilkins. From the very beginning, his life was marked by a profound sense of purpose and an innate ability to touch the hearts of those around him.

Raymond's journey through life was one defined by resilience, hard work, and an unyielding commitment to his craft. Fueled by an unwavering work ethic and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Raymond embarked on a path that would see him excel in the field of welding, eventually transitioning to being successfully self-employed.

Throughout his career, Raymond's hands were never idle. He possessed an extraordinary talent for repairing and restoring all manner of machinery, from antique trucks to heavy-duty equipment. His passion for tinkering knew no bounds, and he took great pride in his ability to breathe new life into cherished relics of the past. Whether he was meticulously rebuilding a vintage Ford truck or constructing sturdy steel brackets for house leveling, Raymond approached each project with a sense of artistry and precision that set him apart.

But beyond his professional accomplishments, Raymond's true joy lay in the company of his beloved family. In 1979, fate smiled upon him when he crossed paths with the love of his life, Doris Kay Wilkins. On July 27, 1980, they embarked on a journey of love and companionship that spanned over 43 years. Doris was not only Raymond's wife but also his confidante and his steadfast pillar of support.

Together, Raymond and Doris built a beautiful life centered around their shared values of love and loyalty. As the patriarch of his clan, Raymond took immense pride in his role as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His children, James, Jerry, William and Jason, and his daughter, Kimberly, were the light of his life, and he reveled in the joys of parenthood. He found immeasurable joy in watching his grandchildren, Dylan, Krista, Trenton, Austin, and Haileigh, grow and thrive, and he delighted in showering them with affection and wisdom.

Raymond was fortunate to have his siblings growing up especially his older brother Daniel, who was always there to look out for him, guide him, and be the friend he needed to lean on.

Raymond's generous spirit and compassionate nature endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a man of few words but boundless actions, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer sage advice to those in need. Whether he was assisting a neighbor with a home repair project or teaching his children how to repair a tractor especially when they were the ones that broke it, Raymond approached every interaction with warmth, humility, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Raymond's love for old trucks and tractors was legendary, and he poured countless hours into restoring and maintaining these timeless treasures. His crowning achievement was his meticulously restored 1947 Ford truck, a labor of love that served as a testament to his unwavering dedication and unmatched craftsmanship.

Though Raymond's earthly journey has come to an end, his spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He leaves behind a rich tapestry of memories and a profound legacy of love, kindness, and resilience. While we mourn the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, we take comfort in the knowledge that Raymond's spirit will continue to guide and inspire us in the days ahead.

Raymond is survived by his devoted wife, Doris Kay Wilkins; his loving children, James Wilkins and his wife, Kathy, Jason Wilkins, and Kimberly Wilkins; his cherished grandchildren, Dylan, Krista, Trenton, Austin, and Haileigh; his four great-grandchildren; his loving brother Daniel Edward Wilkins and his wife, Mary C Wilkins and a host of extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harvey Wilkins and Alice Townsend Wilkins, as well as his sons, Jerry Wilkins and William Wilkins, his brothers, Billy Gene Wilkins and Walter Lee Wilkins, and his sister, Lola Wilkins Frank.

A celebration of Raymond's life will take place at New Hope Cemetery on March 22 at 10 AM, where family and friends will come together to honor his memory and bid him farewell. As we gather to mourn his passing and celebrate his remarkable life, may we find solace in the cherished memories we shared and take comfort in knowing that Raymond's legacy of love will endure for generations to come.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
March 22, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
New Hope Cemetery
782 New Hope Rd.
Boyd, TX 76023

Graveside Service
Friday
March 22, 2024

10:00 AM
New Hope Cemetery
782 New Hope Rd.
Boyd, TX 76023

Interment following funeral service
Friday
March 22, 2024

New Hope Cemetery
782 New Hope Rd.
Boyd, TX 76023

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