Charles Joseph "Joe" Wilkins, Sr., 69, of Weirton, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born May 29, 1945 in Hanlin Station, PA, Joe was a son of the late William James and Anna Elizabeth Angelo Wilkins. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shelly Renee Wilkins on November 2, 1996. Joe was a graduate of the Burgettstown High School. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and continued his service in the Army Reserves until 1973. After 20 years of driving a truck for Pepsi Cola in Burgettstown, PA., Joe then drove a truck for Tri-State Chrome Deposit and the A&K Railroad. Most recently, Joe and his wife, Elaine Stakias Wilkins, owned and operated the Wilkins' Family Restaurant in Weirton. Joe was a member of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, a member of A.H.E.P.A., the VFW and the American Legion. In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his son, Joe Jr. (Bridgette) Wilkins and their daughters Shelby and Gabby all of Katy, TX; daughter, Dawn (Kenny) Bagley and their children Brennen and Jenna all of Highland, TX; 4 brothers, William E. "Bill" (Ann E.) Wilkins and Clarence "Jim" Wilkins all of Joffre, PA, Michael Wilkins of Waverly, NY and Thomas Wilkins of Weirton, WV; 4 sisters, Patricia (Bartley) Crago, Rose McClements and Renee (Robert) Anderson all of Weirton, WV and Peggy (Gerald) Dorich of Follansbee, WV; 2 sisters-in-law, Harriet (Gary) Mastromichalis and Stephanie (Larry) Brown all of Weirton, WV; nephews, Christian (Megan) Wilkins and their daughter Olivia, Ricki Mull, Harry McClements, Brandon (Nagham) Anderson and their daughter Skylar, Dr. Michael (Andrea) Mastromichalis and their sons Max and Mason, Lenny (Shelly) Brown and their daughter Ava, and Justin A. Brown; nieces, Billy Jo (Rick) Berenola and their son Ricki, Tracy Stetor and her daughter Ashley and grandson Will, Terri Bailey and her daughter Laci, Rose McClements and her children Austin and Kendrell, and Jacqueline (Juan) Munoz; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday 4-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV with a Trisagion Service starting at 7:30PM. Additional visitation will be held Wednesday from 10AM until the 11AM funeral service at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Weirton, WV. The Reverend Father Frank A. Milanese will officiate. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden, Weirton where military services will be conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 3528 West Street, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. Mrs Wilkins I’m so sorry to hear of your loss please except my condolences love you your in my thoughts and prayers…

  2. Dear Elaine,

    I was so sorry hear to hear about Joe. I know the love the two of you had was so very special & unique. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest!! I know the pain you are feeling but find comfort in those around you and the memories you have!! Always here for you!!! I will miss him!!

    Love, Marie

  3. Dear Elaine,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was blessed to have spent his life with you. You two were a beautiful example of love.

    Dawn and Joe,

    My heart aches for you both. Your Father’s love and light will live on through both of you.

    Please let us know if you need anything.

    Love and prayers,

    Joe (Baron ), Alissa and Travis

  4. Elaine, Thoughts and prayers sent to you and your loved ones at this time. We will never forget his BIG smiles and laughter. Lots of great memories of time spent with Joe through the years. God Bless you all.

    Becky & Gary

  5. My condolences to you and your family..iv known Joe fir many years from the resturant and comin to the starlite god give you the strength to get threw such a difficult time in ur life..

  6. May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Charles Joseph Wilkins, Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

    I thank you for your service to our Country and for my Freedom

    You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

    US Army Vietnam Veteran Charles Joseph Wilkins, Sr., “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 â€

  7. Elaine, Peggy, Mike, & families So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with your families. I always look back on all the fun we had back in the early 80’s. Diane and Peggy and myself would always talk about what a great guy you were. You met & married Elaine and your life was fulfilled. My heart goes out to all of you. I know your grief as I recently lost my Mom. I will pray for all of you.

  8. Dear Elaine, Peggy, Mike, Lena, Tina & Renee,

    I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Joe. My heart goes out to all of you. Joe was \”one of a kind.\” He will be sorely missed by all that were fortunate to have known him. To know Joe was to love Joe. I will always remember the good times we all shared together. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. RIP in my friend. God Bless.

  9. MRS.WILKINS.., Joe was a wonderful person ….hell be greatly missed..he had a great heart …and i will never forget his smiling face…..sorry for your loss …….our prayers are with you and the family……heres a poem …….You never said Im leaving ..You never said good bye…You gone before I know it ….And god knew why…..There are no words ….Just what we all inside ….The shock, the hurt, the anger ….Might gradually subside……love Fred-Louise-stateline restaurant

  10. Elaine,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear husband.

  11. I loved my “Pepsi Joe” so much! And, I am sooo sooo sorry that I hadn’t kept in touch as much as I should have. The last time I saw Joe and the ENTIRE Wilkins family was 8yrs ago, and I only live 30-40min away. You were a GREAT man, you and your whole family to me, and my ENTIRE family! You ALL made sure you were there to take care of my grandma and grandpa Fisher and I love you ALL for that! If you hadn’t, I never would have known any of you! I wish to make a promise to you all, now that I know how easy the drive is…..I want to visit ……. ALL THE TIME! Let’s make a promise to each other that we will get together, at the least , every other month! Elaine….you will be living with me shortly, my nanny/tutor! LOL! I’m so glad I got to see you all today, but sad that it was under these circumstances! Love to you ALL!~


  12. Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My heart aches for you. I’m sorry I can’t be there but you and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Elaine, I just now found out about Joe and I am shocked. My dear friend, Rick and I are praying for you and the family. Our hearts break for you. We are here if you need anything.

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