Mrs. Susan Ilene Chrisman Wilkes, 91, of Lincolnton, Georgia., entered into rest on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Lake Crossing Health Center in Appling, Georgia. A native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Sue, as she was known by many in the area, had been a resident of Lincoln County for over fifty years. Sue was a self-employed hairdresser and a retired employee of Waffle House in Thomson, Georgia. She was an active member of Lincolnton Baptist Church until her failing health prevented her from attending services.
Affectionately known as “Ponk” by her grandchildren, she had a deep love for each of them and was actively involved in their lives. Her other loves were reading, gardening and sports. She had a green thumb like no other, and her love for gardening was evidenced by her beautiful azaleas, roses, and the vast array of potted plants that she artfully displayed in her home and yard. An avid fan of all sports, her favorite teams were the Georgia Bulldogs, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and she was a wealth of knowledge when it came to recalling scores, statistics, and updates on players both past and present.
Sue is predeceased by her husband, William Thomas “Billy” Wilkes; her parents, Anastasia Lawlor Chrisman and Harry Ernest Chrisman, Sr.; her son, Richard David Schuck; her brothers, Harry E. Chrisman, Jr., John C. “Jack” Chrisman, Robert F. Chrisman, Franklin D. “Frank” Chrisman, and William J. “Bill” Chrisman; and her sisters, Mary Alice C. Mauk, Nancy C. Koring, and Joan C. Scifo.
Survivors include her son, William Thomas “Billy” Wilkes II and wife, Sheila Epps Wilkes; her daughter, Myra Wilkes Searles and husband, Christopher York “Chris” Searles; three grandchildren, Amberly Nicole Wilkes, William Thomas “Will” Wilkes III, and Christopher York “Cy” Searles II; two sisters, Gail C. Hriczik and Bridget C. Baker; a brother, Patrick L. “Pat” Chrisman; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Beggs Funeral Home with interment following at Hephzibah Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6p.m. until 8p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, located at 200 May Avenue in Lincolnton, Georgia.
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