Mr. Thomas Wilkinson - Retired Dothan Fireman - Funeral Services Sunday - Visitation TonightRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 20 2013 11:39 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY: On Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilkinson were in Tifton Georgia. They stopped made a stop at a Flea Market. While there Mr. Wilkinson suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital in Tifton Georgia where he passed away.
For the past year Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson were in Gainsville Florida where he underwent two lung transplants. It has only been recently that Mr. Wilkinson was doing well from the second transplant and released to return home. Since the second transplant he had been doing real well.
Mr. Wilkinson fought breathing problems for years. He would give out real easy and fought giving out very easy. He fought a good fight through the two transplants. With all the medical procedures he had undergone, he maintained a good positive and healthy attitude.
Thomas Wilkinson worked with Dothan Fire Department for many years until his retirement as a Captain. He owned and operated Dothan Pest Control. As long as his oxygen level allowed, Mr. Wilkinson worked every day, fighting his health to serve his customers.
He enjoyed his family. Over the years, each time the grandkids were playing ball, you would see both Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson at the ball parks supporting the grandkids and their children.
Henry Thomas Wilkinson, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton, Georgia. He was 68.
Funeral services for Mr. Wilkinson will be held at 2 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood, Florida with Reverend Jack Howell, Dr. Thomas Batts and Reverend Jim Tate officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 5 PM until 7 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Wilkinson was born in Houston County January 20, 1945 to Green Berry and Inez Fears Wilkinson. He moved to Jackson County, Florida at an early age and was a 1963 graduate of Malone High School. Mr. Wilkinson was a Firefighter for the City of Dothan retiring as Captain and also owned and operated Dothan Pest Control. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandkids, fishing, raising racking horses and won the 1983 World Championship Racking Horse Competition. Mr. Wilkinson was a member of Welcome Assembly of God Church.
Mr. Wilkinson is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sarah Raulerson.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Wilkinson, Dothan; son, Tim and Tonya Wilkinson, Dothan; daughter, Amy and Corey Patterson, Dothan; five grandchildren, Emily and Hunter Wilkinson, Caleb, Colby and Avery Patterson; three sisters, Arnette Wilson, Jacksonville, FL, Virginia Kightlinger (Don), Folkston, GA, Sandra Fletcher, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Shands @ UF and their Pulmonary Disease and Lung Transport Team along with Dr. Maher Baz and Dr. Juan Salgado.