Leroy Wilkins, 84

Steelworker, veteran

June 24, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Leroy Wilkins, a retired steelworker and active church member, died of cancer June 17 at his West Baltimore home. He was 84.

Mr. Wilkins was born in Winterville, N.C., and moved when he was a child to West Baltimore. He was a 1938 graduate of Carver Vocational High School.

During World War II, he served with the Army in Okinawa and the Philippine Islands from 1943 to 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Wilkins worked for 40 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s foundry at Sparrows Point, until retiring in 1986.

The longtime resident of Mondawmin Avenue enjoyed travel and became a licensed travel agent after completing a course in 1979 at Baltimore City Community College.

Mr. Wilkins enjoyed planning trips for family, friends and members of Emmanuel Christian Community Church, where he had been a longtime member.

He was also a founder of Avalon Club Inc., a social, travel and charity organization that sent members throughout the world.

Mr. Wilkins was an avid bowler and had been a member of the Westside Bowling League.

A 33rd-degree Mason, he had been a member of Hiram Grand Lodge for 53 years and was also a member of Mount Zion Lodge.

At Emmanuel church, he had been treasurer of the usher board and had chaired the church's annual Men's Day celebration.

His wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy T. Hawkins, died in 2003.

Services were held at his church yesterday. Graveside services will be held at 10:45 a.m. today at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road.

Surviving are a sister, Gloria Ringgold of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

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