William Alexander Wilkinson, Sr., 82, of Bath, died Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Born October 2, 1935 in Norfolk, VA, he was a son of the late William Jennings and Hazel (McCormick) Wilkinson. He and his wife, Carol (Kesel) Wilkinson, were married 61 years.
He began his career with CK Williams, Adams, MA which was later purchased by Pfizer, Inc. He worked as plant manager in both Easton and E. St. Louis, IL. He was promoted to Vice President of Pigments working out of New York City. When his division was sold to Harcross Pigments, he became President and relocated his corporate headquarters to Fairview Heights, IL. He retired in 1994 after 33 years. He was a member of the Lions Club in Adams, MA and a volunteer for the United Way. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and served in the Army during the Korean War.
Surviving with his wife, Carol, are his children, W. A. “Lex” Wilkinson, Jr, and his wife, Patricia, of Bath; Elizabeth Miller-Tinner and her husband, Rodney, of Kansas City, MO; Andrew P. Wilkinson of Bloomfield Hills, MI; Martha Blackburn and her husband, William, of O’Fallon, IL and Ann Martin of Kansas City, MO; 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who called him D’daddy; 3 nieces; 3 nephews and many fishing buddies and dear friends.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. A second visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in the Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, IL with services at 7:00 pm on Thursday in the Kurrus Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, www.heart.org or to your local animal shelter. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.