Olan "Dock" Pilkington

October 8, 1932April 21, 2021

Olan DOCK Pilkington, age 88, of Morris, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Dock was born on October 8, 1932. He was one of 6 children. He served in the Army in France and Germany at the end of the Korean War. Once back stateside he went to work for Southeastern Metals and raised 3 children with his wife Gail.

Dock was a kind man, very intelligent and creative. He grew up, poor, like so many in this area in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Because of this he learned self reliance and knew that if he needed a job done he would have to do it himself. He was never in need of a contractor, electrician, plumber or mechanic because all were within his own skill set. The man never met a wall he couldn’t move or an engine he couldn’t get running. Dock was a skilled craftsman, so after building his home himself, every time it needed remodeling to accommodate his family’s needs or his wife’s new ideas, he tackled the job with expertise. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop building things for the people he loved.

He loved camping and brought his children up to love and respect the great outdoors and after retirement he continued spending his free time adventuring with the love of his life, Gail. The two would load up their motor home and take off to explore new destinations or go to one of their favorite camping spots. After a while the people who knew him began to wonder if it was the trip he enjoyed or the trying out of his new motor home. He was always trading them out for the newer, better, different, larger or smaller model. It eventually became a running joke in the family “to go see Dock’s new motor home”.

Dock is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 69 years, son Tommy Pilkington, and daughters Rhonda Basinger (Jerry) and Linda Coe (Thomas). Grandchildren: Eric Basinger (Amy), Keith Pilkington, Nicole Otero (Art), Amanda Pilkington, Allison Cannon (Jared), Morgan McCarty, and Kyle McCarty. Great Grandchildren: Katelyn Rogers, Lizzie Rogers, Macie Otero, Rance Rogers, Dominic Otero, Ryley Robertson, Helm Cannon, Ava Holcomb, and Olan Cannon

Preceded in death by his parents Ross & Lillie Pilkington, Granddaughter Jennifer Rogers, Brothers: Gordie Pilkington, John D. Pilkington, Lewis Pilkington, C. L. Pilkington and Feddie Pilkington

Visitation will be at Ridout’s Gardendale on Monday, April 26th. Visitation 10:30 – 11:45 with Graveside service to follow at 12:00 at Oakwood Memorial Gardens.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 26, 2021


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Sherri Thomas Mauter

April 25, 2021

Dear Mrs. Gail, Rhonda, Tommy and Linda,
Just want to express my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Husband and wonderful Daddy. I remember growing up spending time right down the hill at our grandparents, Pearl and Lee Thomas. And our Daddy, Dan Thomas, always talked about his friend, Dock. The words written about his life are so touching. I am so glad, Mrs. Gail, that you and he got to travel. That was what our parents wanted to do. I am sure at some point, Dan and Dock, must have talked about that. Please know you are in my heart and thoughts. I so wish I could be there tomorrow to pay my respects and give you a hug. Please know by way of this message, I will take time tomorrow to say a prayer for you during the service. Most sincerely, Sherri Thomas Mauter with Sisters, Laurie Thomas Morris and Susie Thomas Loggins.

Bobbye Hopkins

April 23, 2021

Gail, it doesn’t seem possible that I am sending love, prayers for you because of your loss. I know it is like losing your heart. I won’t be able to be at the celebration of Doc’s life but I will be there in heart and mind. It is with sorrow that I send this note. I love you ,Bobbye

April Bevis (Tillery)

April 23, 2021

Gail, Rhonda, Tommy and Linda...I'm so sorry in the loss of Dock.. Your in my Prayers

Love April