Edward Wilkins was born in Norfolk, Virginia April 8, 1950. He was the son of the late Ellen Wilson and the late Edward Joyce. Eddie, affectionately known as “Slim:, “Lep”, “Coach”, or “Tree”, grew up in the Huntersville section of Norfolk. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where he excelled on the basketball court.
Eddie was employed with the Norfolk Public Schools warehouse as a truck driver and union representative. He retired after 31 years of service. Eddie later worked with the International Longshoreman as a forklift operator and trainer, before going into second retirement.
Eddie was a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, Eastern Light Lodge #4 where he served as Worshipful Master. Eddie was known for his sharp fashion sense. No matter the event, he would always make his presence known by turning heads when he walked in wearing the most impressive suits and hats.
Eddie was preceded in death by brothers Harold Wilkins and Michael Wilkins. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 38 years Diane B. Wilkins; a daughter Lisa Wilder; a son Dustin X. Wilkins; a step-daughter Monica F. Bond; two sisters Odean Alston and Wanda Fuller; a brother Edward Joyce; two grandchildren Keyon Harris, Sr. and Jasmine Harris; two great grandchildren, Keyon Harris, Jr. and Keylanie Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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