Carroll W. Wilkie

April 27, 1927 - March 20, 2014
Carroll W. Wilkie

Former N.C. State Senator, Carroll ìPapaî Weldon Wilkie, 86, formerly of Fletcher, NC passed away on March 20, 2014 at his home at AgapÈ Senior Assisted Living, Rock Hill, SC.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 25th at Hooperís Creek Baptist Church in Hooperís Creek, NC at 2 p.m. with Reverend Charles Magnet officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Burial will immediately follow at Hooperís Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Born in Fletcher, NC, Carroll was the son of the late Grover and Jennie Dockings Wilkie and the widower of Elizabeth Anne Wright Wilkie. He was a 1950 graduate of Western Carolina Teachers College (Western Carolina University) where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education. A United States Army Veteran of World War II, he retired as District Supervisor with the United States Department of Agriculture serving all of Western North Carolina. Carroll was a former North Carolina State Senator from 1968-1970, a position to which his widow was also later elected and served from 1972-1974. He was a member of Oak Forest Baptist Church in Hooperís Creek.

Carroll had a genuine heart for people. His constant service to others was contagious through the multiple communities he called home. He truly did not know a stranger. His compassion and virtue for people less fortunate was the foundation of his character. His dedication to Hooperís Creek community, Henderson County and the State of North Carolina was unsurmountable. His foresight and tireless effort helped change the lives of many people he came in contact with. His passions were his vegetable garden, politics, Duke Blue Devils and his family. He never wavered from his vision and stayed true to his faith. Per his request, he will have the phrase placed on his and his wifeís headstone, ìWe tried to make a difference in the lives of people.î

Surviving are his son, Stephen Wilkie and wife Jan of Hendersonville, NC; his daughter, Beckie Cunningham and husband Chuck of Rock Hill, SC; three grandchildren, Kerry Wilkie and wife Jamie, Cassie Wilkie and Cameron Cunningham; and his great-granddaughter, Lauren Wilkie. In addition to his parents and wife, Carroll was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Patel with Carolina Blood and Cancer, AgapÈ Senior Primary Care and the staff of AgapÈ Senior Assisted Living and AgapÈ Hospice for your care, compassion, and love of our Papa. The family also wishes to thank Joe Rhodes, who is with Shuler Funeral Home, for going out of his way to help us during our time of sorrow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Forest Baptist Church Building Fund, 484 Jackson Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Service

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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  • March 21, 2014
    Alton Connor says:
    Becky and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the Homegoing of your Dad. I have special memories of your Mom and Dad and how nice they always were to me. Now, they are reunited with each other and with the Lord for all eternity. May God's grace sustain you all in these days ahead. In His Love, Alton Connor

  • March 22, 2014
    Jackie S Metheny says:
    Life matters, no matter how long or short. And it lasts. Trust that God's promise of unending life is real. And trust that your lives today matters, too. God has never been closer.

  • March 23, 2014
    Willard L Phillips says:
    It,once again saddens me to hear of another Family member who has gone on to be with my precious wife Judy in heaven. May our GOD comfort all the Family at this time.

  • March 24, 2014
    George H. Erwin, Jr. says:
    Steve, Becky & family, You are in mine and Kathy's thoughts and prayers. GOD Bless you and comfort you in this time of mourning. Matthew 5:4 - Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Carroll and Betty Ann were like salt and pepper. You cannot have one without the other. Carroll was that down home flavor and Betty Ann was the spice to everything. Their passing leaves a void in our hearts, but also leaves a legacy of love. Love of their children and grandchildren, GOD, country, state and Henderson County. They live on through each of you! GOD Bless you all! George H. Erwin, Jr. & Kathy Ashe Erwin

  • March 24, 2014
    Dexter & Robin Estes says:
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We will always remember Carroll & his visits to Gladys' house over the years. We will miss him.