Obituary of Ray Andrew Wilkins
Ray Andrew (Andy) Wilkins II, 70, of Morgantown, WV, went home to be with the Lord on August 24, 2017, after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Andy Wilkins was born on September 8, 1946 in Morgantown, WV to the late Ray Andrew & Virginia Walkup Wilkins. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1964 and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree at West Virginia University. He went on to serve in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer in Pensacola, FL. Afterwards, he returned home to Morgantown to work alongside his father at Wilkins Motors. When Wilkins Motors was sold, he worked for Xerox for several years before starting Wilkins Rentals.
He was a lifelong member of Mountaineer Area Council BSA. He was an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver Award Recipient, past Scoutmaster, past Council President and current Vice-President of Endowment and so much more. Most recently he received the Cliff Dochterman award. He joined the Phi Kappa Psi while attending WVU and has been a lifelong Alumni, serving as past President and board member. Andy was a member of the Rotary Club of Morgantown for 49 years, joining in 1968. During that time, he was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and was instrumental in helping establish scholarships for Clay Battelle High School students. He also coordinated the school's annual Shadow Day where students visited Rotary members at their places of work to learn about different occupations.
He was active in the Suncrest Garden club and Valley Falls State Park Foundation. His participation in these groups allowed him to establish many lifelong friendships. He attended Stonebridge Baptist Church and was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, as well as a mentor to many. He was a kind, generous, loyal man who lived the Scout Creed everyday and always had a smile to offer even in the face of suffering.
He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Melody; his children, Jeremy Carpenter, Celena Luster and husband Eddie and Todd Knott. Grandchildren, Shianne, Logan, Tyler, Owen & Peyton. Sister, Audrey Bertram Foose and husband, Michael. Nephew, Ryan Bertram and Niece, Kathryn Bertram. Also, survived by loving Aunts and many cousins.
Family and friends will be received at a Celebration of Life for Andy, Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Event Center in the Morgantown Marriott, 2 Waterfront Place, Pastor Jason Sheffstall of Stonebridge Baptist Church officiating. Family and close friends will be received at the farm immediately following the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountaineer Area Council, BSA, 1831 Speedway Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.
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