Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Dean Wilkes, who passed away peacefully in his home on the evening of Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He was a lifelong resident of Jackson County. He was the eldest son of Cecil and Pauline Wilkes. He was married to his wife, Viola Marie Michaud for over fifty years. Preceded in death by his wife, mother and father, his brothers Claude and Alton Wilkes and his sister Brenda Wilkes.
The rolling hills of Georgia, the serenity, peacefulness, and the melodious sounds of nature is a wonderful blessing. Dean always felt that this area was the most beautiful of anywhere in the world. He loved nature and spent time out in it as much as possible. He had a green thumb and was known for his beautiful Knockout Roses which were featured in the Jackson Herald.
Born June 24, 1941 in a natural log cabin on his granddaddy’s farm in Brockton. Later his family moved to the Redstone Community. This is where he grew up on a farm where he learned the value of hard work.
He attended Jefferson High School. Later, he enlisted in the armed forces in 1962. Initially, he was stationed in Maine where he met Viola Marie Michaud whom he would later marry. In 1965, he received an honorable discharge, married Viola and started a family in the community he had grown up in.
Employed by Westinghouse in 1965, he held various positions. Sent to advanced schools by Westinghouse for management and supervisory at University of Georgia and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Promoted to foreman in 1970 and to first line supervisor in 1971.
In 1975 he answered his true calling and began his lifelong career of law enforcement. He joined the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, serving the people of his hometown.
He filled several positions including a road deputy in the fall of 1975. He also attended the Police Academy. Upon completion of the Academy, he was assigned to the Felony Warrant Division and also the Field Training Officer (FTO) for the department.
During his career in law enforcement, other specialized training included: Homicide, Burglary, Investigation, Explosives and Crime Scene. During his law enforcement career, he held various ranks from CPL to Captain, Jail Administrator to Chief Deputy when the Sherriff was out and away from the department. Later on, he went to Clarke County Sheriff’s Department. He served here until retirement as the classification director.
Longtime attender of First Baptist Church of Jefferson. He loved his Church family. Special thanks to Tom Bledsoe, Fred Gurley, Andy Garrison and Melvin Porter.
The Graveside Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 20, 2020, in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. Michael Helms officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside and understands that the current situation with the COVID outbreak will prevent many from attending. Dean knew he was loved by many people. Please feel free to honor and remember him with gifts to the listed organizations in his memory. Gentleman honored as pallbearers are Tom Bledsoe, Andy Garrison, Fred Gurley and Melvin Porter.
He is survived by his daughters, Sherry Shepherd and her husband Ross of Hull and Deanna Poole and her husband Chris of Jefferson. Grandchildren, John Shepherd, Stella Poole, Josiah Poole and Timothy Poole also survive.
Special thanks to the Caregiver and family friend Pam Nerber, Bridgeway Hospice of Athens, Jacob Buffington and Visiting Angels of Athens and the team of caregivers: Tynesia Berry, Temica Carter, Octavia Creamer and Erica Thornton.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the Bridgeway Hospice of Athens, 1551 Jennings Mill Road Suite 2400 B, Watkinsville, GA 30677, The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Attention: Development Division, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281 or the First Baptist Church of Jefferson Food Bank, P.O. Box 395, Jefferson, GA 30549.
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First Baptist Church of Jefferson Food Pantry
246 Washington Street, Jefferson GA 30549
Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes
P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge GA 30281
1551 Jennings Mill Road, Suite 2400B, Watkinsville GA 30677