Linwood Earl Wilkes

July 26, 1943January 10, 2021

Linwood Earl "Bro" Wilkes, 77, passed at the Portland VA Hospital on January 10, 2021. He was born on July 26, 1943 in Snow Hill, North Carolina, the son of Leon and Pennie Ruth (Moye) Wilkes.

Linwood graduated from Greene County Training School in 1962. He honorably served in the military from 1964-1984. He fought in Vietnam and earned the rank of Sergeant First Class and a Purple Heart. He continued to serve the military as a Civil Servant for the Coast Guard in Seattle, Washington.

Linwood married Young Byun on August 5, 1978 in Bayonne, New Jersey. They recently celebrated 42 years together.

Linwood was fond of fishing and loved to spend time talking with his cousins and other family members. After retiring, Linwood developed a great skill for wood carving. He spent much of his time crafting canes and other carvings to donate to people in need. Traveling also gave Linwood great pleasure. Linwood and Young recently moved to Vancouver, Washington to be close to family.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his three sisters, Jessie Belle Hall, Bettie Pearl Teague, and Doris Marie Wilkes. He is survived by his wife Young; his son Jeffrey Mark Wilkes (Amanda); two granddaughters, Bailey Ruth and Samantha Su; his nephew Marlowe Gilmore (Beth, Marlowe Jr); his niece Wanda Edwards (Saint Paul, Little Paul, Jenny, Shannon); and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.


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Linwood Earl Wilkes

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Annie Fields

January 17, 2021

Young, Lisa, Earl, Jeff, Amanda, and the Wilkes, Moye, Bailey, and other family. My prayers is that God will strengthen and keep you in his loving arms today and days to come. He will give you that peace which surpass all our understanding. We will miss his laughter and witty conversations. I attended his last birthday party at his niece, Wanda and nephew, St. Paul home which was a wonderful celebration. Linwood, aka Bro, will be missed, and I love you one and all❤.