Billy Joe Wilkins, 92, of Mulberry passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at his home. He was a retired city building inspector for the City of Van Buren, U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II with the 321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne Division and U.S. Navy Reserves, a member of the Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6 and of the Baptist faith. He was born May 11, 1925, in Van Buren to the late J.T. and Carrie (Bowers) Wilkins. He also was preceded in death by several sisters and brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Wilkins of the home; one daughter, Kay Baxter and husband Gary of Mulberry; one son, Doug Wilkins and wife Marty of Mulberry; two sisters, Elizabeth Adams of Monroe, La., and Sue Ivey of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one brother, Johnny Wilkins and wife Phil of Van Buren; seven grandchildren, Gary R. (Stephani) Baxter, Dayna (Mark) Lewis, Chad (Teika) Wilkins, Rebecca (Gary) Whittington, Aubri (Shawn) Walsh, Daniel McBryde and Ashley McBryde; and grea-grandchildren, Ethan, Sarah Grace, Lily, KatyBeth, KaraLyse, Adam, Magdalen, Austin (Sydnie), Brandon, Tanner, Allyson, Breanna, Conner, Nate and Avery.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ocker Chapel of Alma with interment at Mulberry New Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mulberry Public Library, 207 N. Main St., Mulberry, AR 72947 or to the Gospel Rescue Mission, 201 Drennan St., Van Buren, AR 72956.
To place an online tribute, please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.