He was born June 6, 1928, in Tazewell County, Va., the son of the late William and the late Polly (Alfred) Pilkin.
During World War II, he served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. In 1944, he survived the sinking of his ship, the USS Birmingham during the Battle of the Philippines. He was a life member of the VFW Post No. 1127 and held many positions including Post Commander. In 1975 and 1976 he was the 7th District Commander of VFW. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 121 in Washington, Ind.
For 23 years, he was employed by Arketex, and for many of those years served as President of the United Brick and Clay Workers Local No. 527. He was then employed by the Clay County Highway Department and was appointed Superintendent for the majority of the 15 years he worked there.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Marie Pilkin, one brother James Pilkin, and two sisters Lilly Wilson and Maggie Coker.
He is survived by his loving companion of 34 years, Phyllis Dellacca, Brazil; two daughters, Shelia Skelton and husband Mike, and Karen Sutherland, all of Brazil; three sons, Ernest Ray Pilkin, Bristol, Tenn., William R. Pilkin and wife Jackie, and John W. Pilkin, all of Brazil; one brother, B.A. Pilkin, Dixon, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Moore Funeral Home with Rev. John O'Neal officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 4-8 p.m.
Should friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Tribute Program, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105-1942.
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