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Huard Lee Marvin Wilkins
December 20, 1937 ~ July 22, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
Huard Lee Marvin Wilkins, affectionately called “Blake”, 85 years of Sarasota, Florida sadly passed away on July 22, 2023, at the Iliana Danville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville, Illinois.
Blake was born to to Henry Phelps and Virnella Wilkins on Dacember 20, 1937 in Bradenton, Florida. He attended Sarasota High School. Upon high school graduation, Blake enlisted and served in the United States Army Peace Corps.
He held a few jobs throughout his life. While traveling with one of his jobs, he met the love of his life: ‘Rose’. They later married, and from this love union a baby girl was born, Tereas V. Wilkins. Blake enjoyed fishing and hanging out with family and friends. He was a caring father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many.
Blake is survived by his special friend: Leoda, ‘Rose’ Wilkins-Brown; Children: Huard Jr. (Francina), Shirlee Wilkins-Ward (Veronica); Leonard Wilkins, Amelia Wilkins (all of Florida); Teresa Wilkins of Texas; Three bonus children: Richard Brown of Texas and Robin Brown-Morris (Phillip) and Leetha Brown of Illinois; Stepmother: Eartha Phelps; Brothers: Henry Jr. (Gwendolyn), Victor Phelps Sr. (Deborah), Ronnie Phelps, John Phelps, and Lorenzo Phelps; Sisters: Patricia Phelps-Young, Lauraa Phelps, and Mary Phelps. He had 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Blake was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Larry Phelps, and his maternal grandmother: Ruby “Big Momma” Holton,
Gaveside services will commence at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 1, 2023 at Danville National Cemetery.