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Charles Edward Wilkie of Wartburg passed peacefully on May 27, 2019 surrounded by his family.
He began his career working with his father in custom carpentry. He later began working at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary and from there moved on to the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he was awarded numerous commendations and accolades for his innovative contributions to their Prison Industries Program. After retirement from the Bureau, he returned home to Tennessee where he accepted a position as Director of TRICOR and later retired from Morgan County Correctional Complex as Associate Warden of Administration.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ruby (Honeycutt) Wilkie; brother, Jerry Wilkie; nephew, Doug Wilkie and son-in-law, Craig Williams.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Anna Finks Wilkie; daughters, Debbie Williams, Teresa (Cecil) McCarty; grandsons, Wayne and Bryson McCarty; honorary granddaughter, Dorothy “Dew” Williams; great grandson, Holden McCarty; special cousins, Sue Jones, Thelma (Bill) Funk; special friend, Kristy Smith and a host of nieces, nephews and his wonderful church family.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 8:00 p.m. No graveside services are planned.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to his beloved church, Wartburg First Baptist Church in Wartburg.
Schubert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.