WILKINS, Charles Joseph "Joe," Sr., 69, of Weirton, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at the Weirton Medical Center.
Born May 29, 1945, in Hanlin Station, PA, Joe was a son of the late William James and Anna Elizabeth Angelo Wilkins. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shelly Renee Wilkins, on Nov. 2, 1996.
Joe was a graduate of the Burgettstown High School. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1973.
After 20 years of driving a truck for Pepsi Cola in Burgettstown, PA., Joe then drove a truck for Tri-State Chrome Deposit and the A&K Railroad. Most recently, Joe and his wife, Elaine Stakias Wilkins, owned and operated the Wilkins' Family Restaurant in Weirton.
Joe was a member of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, a member of A.H.E.P.A., the VFW and the American Legion.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his son, Joe Jr. (Bridgette) Wilkins and their daughters, Shelby and Gabby, all of Katy, TX; daughter, Dawn (Kenny) Bagley and their children, Brennen and Jenna, all of Highland, TX; four brothers, William E. "Bill" (Ann E.) Wilkins and Clarence "Jim" Wilkins, all of Joffre, PA, Michael Wilkins of Waverly, NY, and Thomas Wilkins of Weirton, WV; four sisters, Patricia (Bartley) Crago, Rose McClements and Renee (Robert) Anderson, all of Weirton, WV and Peggy (Gerald) Dorich of Follansbee, WV; two sisters- in-law, Harriet (Gary) Mastromichalis and Stephanie (Larry) Brown, all of Weirton, WV; nephews, Christian (Megan) Wilkins, and their daughter, Olivia; Ricki Mull, Harry McClements, Brandon (Nagham) Anderson and their daughter, Skylar; Dr. Michael (Andrea) Mastromichalis and their sons, Max and Mason; Lenny (Shelly) Brown and their daughter, Ava; and Justin A. Brown; nieces, Billy Jo (Rick) Berenola and their son Ricki, Tracy Stetor and her daughter Ashley and grandson Will, Terri Bailey and her daughter, Laci, Rose McClements and her children, Austin and Kendrell, and Jacqueline (Juan) Munoz; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV, with a Trisagion Service starting at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Weirton, WV. The Reverend Father Frank A. Milanese will officiate.
Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden, Weirton where military services will be conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 3528 West Street, Weirton, WV 26062.
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