Merl James Wilkins

Merl James Wilkins, 56, Of Booneville, passed away Sept. 5, 2013 in Booneville. He was born Aug. 22, 1957 in Paris.

He was a carpenter and loved to spend time hiking and riding his four-wheeler.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Ruth Wilkins; brothers, Paul Wilkins, Gerald Wilkins and Derral Wilkins; and sisters, Melva Helton and Karen Wilkins.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.

He is survived by his wife, Penney Wilkins of Booneville; two sons, Merl Daniel Wilkins and Dustin Priddy; two stepsons, Jeffrey Burke and Joshua Burke; one daughter, Jessica Wilkins; two brothers, Homer Wilkins and Billy Wilkins; one sister, Lois Adair; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Wilkins, Samantha Ritchie, Karen Downs, May Franklin, Lori Wilkins and Jennifer Wilkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Wilkins, Bradley Wilkins, Shawn Wilkins and Zakk Wilkins.

The family will visit with friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.