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Don Wilkes '62 July 12, 2019 3:00 PM updated: July 12, 2019 3:03 PM

Schmidt Funeral Home - Brookshire obituary
819 Waller Ave.
PO Box 248
Brookshire, Texas 77423
Phone: (281) 934-2424

Don Earl Wilkes
November 18, 1940 - May 24, 2019

DON EARL WILKES, 78, of Bellville, Texas, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, in Bellville.


He was born November 18, 1940, the son of Lewis O. and Elizabeth Rosabel (Mills) Wilkes, in Graham, Texas. Don grew up and attended schools in the Graham area, graduating from Graham High School. After high school, he attended Texas A&M University, where he played in the Aggie band. Don was employed as an electrical engineer with an offshore drilling company.


He was united in marriage to Betty LaRhue on February 7, 1987, in Breckenridge, Colorado. They made their home in Bellville. Don enjoyed collecting coins, skiing and being a hobby repairman.


He is survived by his wife: Betty Wilkes of Bellville; daughters: Laura Wilkes of Graham, Linda Williams and her husband, Ron, of Mesquite, and Amy Shubert of Graham; sons: David Birdwell of Bellville, Mark Birdwell of The Woodlands and Gary Birdwell and his wife, Lisa, of The Woodlands. Don is also survived by his twelve grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and dear friends.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Elizabeth Wilkes, son, Michael Wilkes and brother, Louis Wilkes.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4486

Houston, Texas 77210-4486


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Visitation
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Funeral Service
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
11:00 AM

Graveside Service
Thursday, May 30, 2019
2:00 PM

Don Earl Wilkes
November 18, 1940 - May 24, 2019

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DON EARL WILKES, 78, of Bellville, Texas, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, in Bellville.


He was born November 18, 1940, the son of Lewis O. and Elizabeth Rosabel (Mills) Wilkes, in Graham, Texas. Don grew up and attended schools in the Graham area, graduating from Graham High School. After high school, he attended Texas A&M University, where he played in the Aggie band. Don was employed as an electrical engineer with an offshore drilling company.


He was united in marriage to Betty LaRhue on February 7, 1987, in Breckenridge, Colorado. They made their home in Bellville. Don enjoyed collecting coins, skiing and being a hobby repairman.


He is survived by his wife: Betty Wilkes of Bellville; daughters: Laura Wilkes of Graham, Linda Williams and her husband, Ron, of Mesquite, and Amy Shubert of Graham; sons: David Birdwell of Bellville, Mark Birdwell of The Woodlands and Gary Birdwell and his wife, Lisa, of The Woodlands. Don is also survived by his twelve grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and dear friends.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Elizabeth Wilkes, son, Michael Wilkes and brother, Louis Wilkes.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4486

Houston, Texas 77210-4486


SERVICES

Visitation
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Schmidt Funeral Home - Bellville
12029 Hwy. 36 South
Bellville, Texas 77418


Funeral Service
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
11:00 AM

Church of Christ
817 East Wendt Street
Bellville, Texas 77418


Graveside Service
Thursday, May 30, 2019
2:00 PM

Grace Hill Cemetery
601 West Marshall Avenue
Longview, Texas 75601


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