Al Franklin Wilkins

alwilkins3Al Franklin Wilkins, 67, of 1016 E. O’Neal St., died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Husband of Josie Tate Wilkins, he was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Edgar and Gussie Foster Wilkins. Al was a graduate of Granard High School and a retired employee of Overnite Transportation and Miles Rubber Company. He was a former member of Mitchell Chapel F.B.H. Church, where he served as an usher. He later joined Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and served in the Video Ministry and Sunday School.

Al was preceded in death by two sisters, Luvenia Foster and Annie Pearl Forest.

Surviving are his wife, Josie Wilkins; a daughter, Shayla Wilkins of Columbia; two sons, Vincent Wilkins of Central and Johnny Wilkins of Gaffney; a foster son, Floyd Sullivan (Rachel) of Georgia; a brother, Wash Gene Wilkins of Columbia; sisters-in-law, Brenda Tate, Dorothy Tate, Donna Tate, Louena Tate, Annette Tate and Sybil Wilkins; and brothers in-law, Howard Tate and Wallace Tate.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. C.A. Wallace officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. He will lie in state from 1-2 p.m.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.