Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Jack Sherwood Wilkes

May 24, 1930November 27, 2019

Jack Sherwood Wilkes, age 89, of Wilson, NC, formally of Raleigh, NC, died Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019, surrounded by his family at Rex Hospital. Born May 24, 1930, in Rowland, NC, he was the son of the late Trus and Mae Wilkes.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Catherine Parnell Wilkes. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. He devoted much of his free time to caring for others in the community in various capacities.

Jack leaves to cherish his memory to his son, Jack S. Wilkes, Jr.; daughter, Anne Bass (Tommy); son, Bill Wilkes (Cindy), six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Jack began his career in 1948 with Atlantic Coastline Railroad as a Telegraph Operator. He was then called to duty and served two years with the United States Navy. Jack resumed his railroad career working in various positions and was highly respected across the railroad profession. He was a devoted employee and ended his career in 1988 as Executive Operations Manager for the Transportation Department.

Jack was an avid fisherman at Calabash and Sunset Beach, NC. He also loved sports, especially baseball, his favorite team being the Boston Red Sox. His dream was to one day visit Fenway Park in Boston. In 2016 that dream came true. The Red Sox won that night and he was so proud!

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Rex Hospital, Neuro-Surgery ICU for their care and compassion during his final days.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC. A visitation will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hayes Barton Baptist Church - Broadcast Ministry.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • Hayes Barton Baptist Church - Broadcast Ministry


  • A memorial service with a reception to follow Tuesday, December 3, 2019


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Jennifer Pendergraft

December 3, 2019

Mr. Wilkes was pure love! Thankful for the time I had with him and will cherish his memories! Much prayer and love! Jennifer Pendergraft

Brenton Brown

December 1, 2019

Mr. Wilkes was so knowledgeable about the railroad, as I was facing a very hard decision to change careers in a crucial part of my life he guided me with his knowledge and best judgement. I was unsure if I could even get the job and I will never forget when I told him I did in fact get the job I really wanted. His words were “Well Brent, I knew you would because the cream always rises to the top.” He was always so encouraging and informative in every conversation that we were able to have. I grew to love him so much in the short amount of time I was able to spend with him. Some people leave impacts on your life forever and he definitely left a positive one on mine. Growing up without a grandad I would “use” him as mine. I will never forget him.

Edith Penny

December 1, 2019

Ann, I am saddened to hear of the passing of your father. I pray your memories will bring you comfort during this time. I remember our talks about being a daddy's girl and the things we could get away with. Your dad was a great man. The few times I met him at the Central Office, I remember his quiet spirit but always smiling. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. God's Grace and Mercy be always with you.

Love, Edith A. Penny

Jenny Wilkes

November 30, 2019

I was so lucky to call Jack my grandaddy. He loved my sister, my mom, and me so dearly. We will remember him through the many lessons he taught us about strength, faith, and family. He was a truly great man and we will miss him every day.

Karen Dunn

November 29, 2019

So sorry to hear about Mr.Jack,we have been missing him for a while but he will forever be a friend. Girls from Pam’s Farmhouse Restuarant.

Ernest & Janice Canady

November 28, 2019

Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the family of Mr. Wilkes. He was a dear and caring friend to us always a gentleman. We will certainly miss his visits and phone calls. Jack we love you and are here for you if you need us.