Robert P. Wilkins

Robert P. Wilkins, 75, of Topping passed away peacefully on January 1, 2017. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and crabbing and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to do it as well! He was well known for his carpentry skills, never met a stranger, and was known to help anyone in need. Robert was a welder who worked at the Newport News Shipyard and The Chesapeake Corporation. He was predeceased by his first wife Edna Mae Wilkins who helped daddy make Middlesex our home 50 years ago; son, Gary Allen; sister, Barbara; brothers, Herman, Burman, Pete and William; as well as his parents, Thomas & Willoughby Wilkins. He is survived by his wife, Karin Wilkins; children, Duane Wilkins (Debbie) of Jamaica, VA, Carla Wilkins and fiancé Eric Mikols of Detroit, MI, Sheri Lutz (Carlyle) of Colonial Beach, VA, Kim Bishop (Dennis) of Mooresville, NC; stepsons Tim and VJ Wilkins; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were private and were handled by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda.

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2 Responses to Robert P. Wilkins

  1. boilergal01 says:

    The days and nights are running together for me. It seems like yesterday we were pulling off your work boots(black slip ons) scar on your ankle from slag . You and momma dressed for holloween crossing the Yorktown toll bridge, we were in your burgundy chevy. I smile at those times I even remember Christmas night(not sure what age I was) looking down from my hospital room window crying as I saw you and my family leaving just for the night. Kimberly in mommas lap in your green pick up, both of them looking at me as I cried. I remember helping in the garden and Herman and Irene helped to get the vegables to the farmers market.i remember you sneaking us in to see momma in the hospital and the nurse B.B. Rushing us through the halls. The night she died you put us girls to bed and slept with us holding us and promising it will all be ok. You were right about a lot of things, there is no time that I can say you were wrong. When we had no mother you stood up to the plate, kept your promises to her and to us. I was the Hellion of the family, I took you through so much in life and you taught me so much in life. But daddy you never taught me how to get over the pain of losing you! Something I never thought I would have to do. You were always my inspiration in life I was so happy when I told you I was a welder like yourself. I finally at that moment felt like I had your approval, like I had finally done something in life that you were proud of me for. You took up the slack for me when I couldn’t raise my children and you helped them become the men they are now. In the last month I sat with you and we talked and I treasure that, so many things said ,you even told me to go stay with Sheri and work on our relationship and I think in the end you knew we had done that! I am proud to say that we stuck together for you as you stuck through thick and thin for us! We reunited with Duane and am sure you are smiling down on us! But I wish you were here, I am called the wildest of aunts and will try to continue the wilkins trait to be a goof ball! I will always look up to the sky when I have a life crisis, for your help as you helped me on earth! Rest assure Eric is here and between him and my siblings I will be ok! So you go and be with momma as I know you are finally at peace! I love you daddy my best friend in the world and will love you until the last breath I take here on this earth! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN MY SWEET ANGEL!!!

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