Herman Clemmons “Clem” Wilkins, 91, of Callao passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 with his family at his side. A life-long resident of Callao, Clem was the son of the late Herman George Wilkins and Elsie Brown Wilkins. He was the beloved husband of June Dawson Wilkins, with whom he enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Clem was a Lineman and eventually a supervisor for Virginia Power from which he retired after 34 years of service. Herman was also a proud veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War.
Surviving Clem are his wife, his sons, Barry Clemmons Wilkins (Darlene) and Roger George Wilkins (Stacey); his daughter Sharon W. France (Mark); his brother, Harold Ray Wilkins (Virginia Mae); his sister, Esther Wilkins Haynie; his six grandchildren, Shawn France (Sarah), Jessica Murray (Ross), Joshua Wilkins, Rachael Hand (Patrick), Sawyer Wilkins, and Bailey Wilkins; and his six great-grandchildren, Declan France, Drake France, Pierce Murray, Haden Murray, Brayden Wilkins, and Ella Hand. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the lights of his life. Clem was a true family man.
Clem dearly loved his church, Bethany Baptist. He served as a deacon there for over 50 years, was the Bethany cemetery sexton and served as the Sunday School secretary as well. He also loved to be outside and his outdoor talents were numerous. He grew a fantastic garden and fed his family as well as many in the community with his delicious home-grown vegetables. He adored Purple Martins and attracted many of them to his yard with the houses he made for them.
A private funeral was held for Clem at Bethany Baptist Church on Friday, March 27, 2020 with the Reverend Kori Kiss officiating. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held at a date to be announced. The family asks that you honor Clem’s deep love for his church by making a donation in his name to the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 641, Callao, VA 22435.