William E. Wilkins II Lumber executive

October 07, 1991

Services for William E. Wilkins II, a retired Baltimore lumber company executive, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Boyce Avenue in Ruxton.

Mr. Wilkins, who was 73, died of cancer Friday at his Towson home.

He worked for F. Bowie Smith & Sons Lumber Co. for 27 years and was vice president of sales before retiring 11 years ago. He remained active with the Maryland Lumbermen's Association and served as a consultant and adviser after his retirement.

Born in Cape Charles, Va., he attended public schools there. In 1939, he graduated with a degree in engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and became a captain of field artillery.

At the end of the war, he moved to New York City and married Teresa Emerson in 1947. The couple moved to Baltimore a year later.

He continued his love for the South after relocating to Baltimore and was an active member of the Virginians of Maryland, serving as president of the organization and on its board. He also was an active alumnus of VMI.

Mr. Wilkins was an avid fisherman and a baseball and football fan who enjoyed attending Orioles and Colts games.

His first wife died in 1979, and two years later he married Matilda Denison. She survives him.

Other survivors are his son, Richard Wilkins of Cambridge; his daughter, Marie Gannon of Baltimore; two stepsons, E. Williams Denison of Baltimore and Robert C. Denison of Chestertown; a brother, F. Tucker Wilkins of Eastville, Va.; a sister, Julia Yates of Virginia Beach; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to Virginia Military Institute Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va., 24450 or the American Cancer Society.

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