Gene Athlan Wilkie

January 16, 1936April 13, 2018
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Gene Athlan Wilkie,82, passed away on April 13, 2018. Gene was born on January 16, 1936 in Harnett County, North Carolina to the late Burnice A. Wilkie and Mary Clyde Truelove Wilkie. He lived most of his life in the Bell's Community around Jordan Lake.

He is survived by his four sons; Felipe and wife, Patricia, David and wife, Jessica, Garry and wife, Connie and Jeff and wife, Michelle, sister, Patricia Veal, 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Gene will be remembered as a hardworking man. He enjoyed photography and was usually the one behind the camera. He also has a love for Geology where he collected arrowheads from the area. He was a lifetime member at Bells Baptist Church in Apex, where he proudly served as a deacon, A/V coordinator, and Sunday School Teacher for the Adult class. He was also proud of being a Scout Master in Troop 950, Eagle Scout, and a US Army Veteran where he served as a Military Policeman.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Bells Baptist Church, 1274 Farrington Rd., Apex, NC. The family will receive guest one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be present. Inurnment at Bells Baptist Church Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in his memory to Bells Baptist Audio Video Fund.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Michelle Horton

April 15, 2018

Mr. Wilkie was a wonderful funny person. I sure do miss feeding him breakfast every morning at Donna's Grill. He will be missed dearly. Our condolences to the family.



Gene Athlan Wilkie was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Gene always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Gene was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Gene was born on January 16, 1936 at a Harnett County simple home lived by Burnice and Mary Clyde, his mother and father in the Duncan area, outside of New Hill, NC. His parents were Burnice Athlan and Mary Clyde Wilkie. Gene was raised in Wilsonville, NC or the Bell's Community around Jordan Lake. Always able to express himself well, Gene possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Gene was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Gene was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Gene was raised with one sibling. He had one younger sister, Patricia, who he loved dearly. Gene had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Gene showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Gene enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in baseball. He was a member of the Boy Scouts. In his spare time he liked collect rocks and arrow heads. Gene's memorable achievements included earning his Eagle Rank and God and Country for Boy Scouts and climbing a greased flag pole with his bare hands.

      Very much like a kid himself, Gene identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Gene was blessed with children, 4 sons, Felipe, Garry, David, and Jeff.

      Gene was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Gene’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Gene was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Gene could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Biomedical Repairman. He was self employed for over 40 years.

      Gene was an Army veteran. Gene was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was an MP before leaving the military. Gene served during the Korean War but never was deployed overseas. He received several awards including a Expert Marksman and Sharp shooter. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Gene enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were Photography and Geology. He also found leisure in sketching nature from time to time. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked competition, Gene was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Recreational sports included Church Softball and horse shoes. Gene was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football and basketball and was an avid NC State fan.

      Gene was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Gene worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Gene was an member of the NRA.

      Gene was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Politically, Gene was a strong supporter of the Republican Party.

      Gene held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Bell's Baptist Church since he was very young. During that time, he was Deacon, Head of the Grounds Committee and Adult's Sunday School Teacher.

      Gene’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts, God and Country for Boy Scouts and, National Technician of the Year for Biomedical Repair.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Gene truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included anywhere he could be with Nature and the outdoors.

      Gene was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Gene’s favorites was Honey Rose, a small white Maltese. They were best friends for 6 years.

      When Gene’s retirement finally came in 2015, he was not ready for this to occur and did not go easily. After a small stroke, we was no longer able to drive daily. It was no longer safe for him to be working and traveling. He had to now retire which is what he feared most during life. Slowly, he began to decline due to dementia and eventually moved into Cambridge Hills for assisted living services.

      Gene passed away on April 13, 2018 at Cambridge Hills in Pittsboro, NC. He died in his sleep, peacefully. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Veal and his children, Felipe, Garry, David, and Jeff. Services were held at Bell's Baptist Church, Apex, NC. Gene was laid to rest in Bell's Cemetery.

      Gene was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Gene Athlan Wilkie.