Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 30, 2013

Bernard Astor Wilkinson

COLONIAL HEIGHT, Va. — Bernard Astor Wilkinson, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013. He was a son of the late D. Moody Wilkinson and Dora Harry Wilkinson, was born on April 11, 1913 in Bluefield, West Virginia and lived there for eighty-three years. He owned East River Insurance Agency. He was very active in his community and church. He served as the Leader in the Elks and Lions organizations. He was a member of the Mercer County Commissioners. He was State President of the Gideon (Bible) Association. He was a Sunday school teacher, church and district Lay Leader at Grace Methodist Church, and he was a Certified Lay Speaker.         

Nancy McNeer moved her parents to Colonial Heights seventeen years ago for easier living space and better access to medical needs. While there, Bernard and Edith enjoyed singing with the Southernaires, attending church at Highland and Wesley United Methodist, and being involved with Richard Bland College events. Bernard loved playing golf with the Senior League. No finer man ever lived; he was a gentleman in every way - so loving and so loved.

He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, a sister, and his grandson, Scott McNeer.  

Surviving Mr. Wilkinson is his wife of 78 years, Edith Taylor Wilkinson; two daughters, Betty Bourne (husband Jack), and Nancy McNeer (husband Jim); three grandchildren, Jody Bourne (wife Chrissy), Dave Bourne (wife Vicky), and Amanda McNeer; 7 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Hannah, Ben, Morgan, and Sloan Bourne, Megan and Matthew McNeer; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Craig Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour on Saturday.

Interment will follow in Monte Vista Park Cemetery where Jody Bourne, Dave Bourne, Ben Bourne, Matthew McNeer, Kenneth Taylor and Gary Wilkinson will serve as pallbearers.   

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions may be made to the J. Scott McNeer Scholarship Fund at Richard Bland College, 11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805, or to The Bluefield Union Mission, P.O. Box #4056, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701.   

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Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is assisting the family of Bernard Wilkinson.

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