Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast

4219 Hard Scrabble RD, Columbia, SC


James Ted Wilkins

October 7, 1934June 3, 2020

Family and friends are invited to watch a live-streaming of the service starting at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 on Dunbar Funeral Home Northeast Chapel's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dunbarnortheast.

COLUMBIA - James Ted Wilkins was born October 7, 1934 in Newton, MS to the late Herbert Harold and Minnie Lee Wilkins. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL. He received his BS degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1956, where he met and married the love of his life, Stella K. Farish.

Ted retired from Sears Roebuck and Co. as a store manager in Columbia, SC following 32 years of service. He was a faithful member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church and the Spirit of Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 64 years, Stella, and three sons: James T. Wilkins, Jr. (Nancy) of Marietta, GA; Daniel V. Wilkins of Alpharetta, GA; and Robert H. Wilkins (Ginny Newell) of Columbia, SC; and one daughter, Sheri Cheek (Jim) of Jacksonville, FL. Survivors also include ten grandchildren: Jennifer Burgess, Jacob Wilkins, Rachel Simonson, Peter Wilkins, Jim Wilkins, Andrew Wilkins, Megan Riazi, Hillary Stansfield, Brad Cheek and Allison Cheek; and seven great grandchildren: Conner Burgess, Chase Burgess, Camille Burgess, Maddie Wilkins, Lincoln Stansfield, Grant Stansfield, and Miles Simonson. Ted adored entertaining his ten grandchildren who knew him as Pepaw. Ted and Stella held a “Cousins Camp” for them each summer at Litchfield-by-the Sea.

Ted passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 and his life was celebrated and honored at a private funeral service held at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The family would like to thank the Lighthouse Hospice Group and Livelong Homecare LLC for the special care that Ted received in the final weeks of his life. The family requests that memorials be made to Trenholm Road UMC or the Harvest Hope Food Bank, Columbia, SC.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 6, 2020



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Bob and JoAnn Norwood

June 9, 2020

We will never forget the weekend we spent in Colombia with you, Cheryl and your folks. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Bob and JoAnn

Donna Smith

June 6, 2020

So blessed to have know this kind, funny and dear man. He will be missed terribly by our Sunday School class and everyone who knew him. You could count on smiles and laughter when Ted was around. We love you Ted.

Faith Barton

June 5, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Wilkins Family. We are keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Mr. Wilkins was an amazing man and we are thankful for the opportunity to know and care for him.

-Faith Barton and Lighthouse Hospice Group