A 1961 Murray State graduate and talented MSU basketball player, Harold loved his Jackson Purchase family and his classmates at Brewers Elementary, South Marshall High School, and MSU.
Harold Wilkins was born June 13, 1939, in Marshall County, second child of Howard and Dora Monhollen Wilkins. A 1957 South Marshall High School graduate, Harold was a talented basketball player coached by his principal, the late Reed Conder. He enjoyed playing against Benton’s standout player Joe Dan Gold. Even North Marshall cheerleader Martha Schmidt cheered for him. Harold and Martha wed Sept. 4, 1959. He taught mathematics at Hickman County High School, then joined U.S. Army under Murray State’s ROTC program.
Major Harold Wilkins’ Army experiences included two tours of Vietnam during the war. During one tour, Harold survived being shot in the head, earning him the Purple Heart decoration. Other medals he received were the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Army Commendation. While in service, Harold earned an MBA at Arizona State.
After Army service, Harold became an electrical contractor, first in West Virginia and then in Frankfort. Harold was president of Wilkins Electric during its 27 years. Harold and Martha enjoyed their grandchildren, activities at their Frankfort Holly Hill Church of Christ, and family reunion in Marshall County. They were big fans of Marshall County schools’ sports teams.
Harold’s beloved Martha died June 12, 2000, shortly before their 41st anniversary. Others who predeceased Harold were his parents; his parents-in-law Draffen and Marguerette Schmidt; his grandparents John Henry and Creola Wilkins; aunts and uncles, Roe and Bonnye Wilkins, Roy and Geneva Clark, Ernest Bohannon, Pat and Norma Wilkins; cousins, Larry and Sherry Wilkins;brother-in-law, Thomas Forrest and nephew Kyle Wilkins.
Harold is survived by his children Karen (Stephen) Wilkins Schneider of Frankfort and Kevin Wilkins of Lexington; grandchildren Ryan and Lindsey Schneider and Brett and Brooke Wilkins; sister Patsy Wilkins Forrest, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; brothers Philip (Suzanne) and Gary (Angela) Wilkins of Frankfort and Jim (Scotty) Wilkins of Dawsonville, Ga. His western Kentucky family includes John Neal (Sally) Wilkins, Bruce (Lynn) Wilkins and families of Paducah; Johnny (Toni) Bohannon and family of Murray; aunts Maxine Bohannon, Mary Beth (Robert) Pilgrim, Terry (Teresa) Bohannon, Ron (Sylvia) Powell, Alyce (Larry) Rudd, Melanie (Mike) Stewart and families, Marshall County. Other first cousins are Sharon Street and Amy Clark, Fla., and Roy (Robyn) Clark of Columbus, Ohio.
A graveside service was held March 11 at Calvert City Cemetery.