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Obituary: James H. Wilkes

12/07/24 ~ 03/11/03

BOUNTIFUL<! > -Our loving father James Harold Wilkes, age 78, passed away due to complications of a stroke on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 in Bountiful, Utah.

James was born in Society Hill, South Carolina on December 7, 1924 to Clarence Earl Wilkes and Elma Freeman Wilkes. On July 9, 1944 in South Carolina, he married Doris Irene Windham. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. In 1953 James and Doris moved to the Salt Lake City area to raise their family. James worked for several years at Cudahy Packing Company where he made numerous friends and acquaintances. Because of the respect and trust James earned with his fellow workers at Cudahy, he was elected Union President. James eventually became a USDA Meat Inspector, a position he held until his retirement.

Some of James' interest included gardening and country music. His attempts at trying to grow southern crops in his back yard, such as peanuts and black-eyed peas, amazed both his family and many neighbors. James' love of country music was a great passion. He had a beautiful singing voice, and his rendition of the "Cattle Call" was always a delight to hear. His greatest interest, however, was his family. James was an active member of the LDS Church. His testimony was an inspiration to many.

Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and an infant daughter, Linda.

Survived by his wife, Doris Wilkes of Bountiful; daughters, Janette (John) Butterworth, Tamra (Kevin) Heath; sons, Jim (Peggy) Wilkes, Norman (Diane) Wilkes, Ken (Sheryl) Wilkes, and Chris Wilkes; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Val Verda 2nd West Chapel, 500 West 2600 South. Friends may call Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Saturday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Memorial Estates.

Special thanks to Tammy, Kevin & Chris for their selfless dedication to his care in the last few years of his life.

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