William Wilkey


William Wilkey, 89, of Dillsboro, N.C., went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.

A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Myrtle Elders Wilkey.

William was a member of Dicks Creek Baptist Church. He had a passion and talent for playing the guitar, mandolin, bass and fiddle. He enjoyed bluegrass, gospel groups and old country music. He was an avid camper and fox hunter. 

He is survived by his children, Debbie (Bill) Stepp, Teresa (Lowell) Rhoads, Gary Wilkey; sister, Annie Mae Brown; four grandchildren, Misty (Kevin) Cope, Melissa (Steve) Pressley, Mica Wilkey, Marissa Early; four great-grandchildren, Madison (Kevin) Vernon, Miranda Cope, Maddox and Mayson Early; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Irene; and brother-in-law, Howard Brown.

A private funeral service for the family was held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in William’s memory to The Franklin Cemetery Fund, c/o Long Branch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 162, Dillsboro, NC 28725.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Appalachian Funeral Services, Sylva N.C.