Pastor. Paul Nelson Wilkins
April 27, 1948 - May 6, 2020

Pastor. Paul Nelson Wilkins, of Sneads Ferry passed away on Wednesday at his residence.

Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice Beasley Wilkins of Sneads Ferry, Daughter Tabitha Wilkins of Greensboro; daughter Mary Wilkins Weaver and husband Steve, and grandsons Garrett and Paul Greyson of Ocala, FL; Daughter in law Debbie Wilkins-Baisden and husband Jason, four grandsons Paul David Wilkins, Bradley Aaron Wilkins, Joshua Boone Wilkins, and Andrew Bennett Wilkins of Clemmons, NC; sisters Judy Griffin and husband Roy of Fuquay-Varina, NC; Linda Rochelle and husband Ben of Jacksonville, NC; sister-in-laws Nancy Wilkins of Gastonia, Joyce North Wilkins of Kenansville, NC and Jackie Wilkins of Richlands, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Rosie Belle Patten Wilkins, his father Percy Lee Wilkins, his brothers Donald Wilkins, Samuel Wilkins, sister Arland Wilkins Bounds, and his son Paul Aaron Wilkins.

Paul was born in Jacksonville, NC and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He received his B.A. Degree from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC.

Paul received his Masters in Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, KY in 1971.

Paul was a retired Pastor of over 40 years for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and at numerous churches in NC, Stanford, Illinois and Indiana, PA, Stokesdale, NC, Ayden, NC and interim in Jacksonville, NC.

He was loved by many family and friends and will be greatly missed.


The family would like to thank all of our loving neighbors and friends in Sneads Ferry and members of the churches he pastored for many years as well as the staff of Amedisys Hospice of Bolivia, NC.

Services to be announced at a later date.




  • Lora Allen Posted May 7, 2020 7:35 pm

    Tabitha, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how much you loved him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Linda Kelly Posted May 7, 2020 8:18 pm

    You all have my deepest sympathy ?

  • Robert L. Mlodzik Posted May 7, 2020 9:58 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of Big Paul’s passing. The only thing that gives me peace is the image of Aaron welcoming him home at the gates of heaven. Love to the family.

  • Donna Plowman Posted May 7, 2020 10:15 pm

    Please know that Mama, me & Lucy have you all in our prayers & thoughts! He was the first Sneads Ferry neighbor Poppa & I met and ended up marrying not only us but later my daughter as well. The entire family became our family too. Wonderful memories will remain with each of us forever. Such a good man!

  • Kurt Tebbs Posted May 7, 2020 11:31 pm

    It is with great sadness that I must express my condolences. May God bring solace during this time. God will welcome Paul home and Aaron will be with him again. Love and prayers for Tabitha and Alice, and all the family. Indiana was never the same after Paul left.

  • Diana Lowmaster Posted May 8, 2020 12:20 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. He was a great pastor and a dear friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Scott & Aileen Bowman Posted May 8, 2020 12:49 am

    Our condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this time of your loss. We will always remember Paul. He married Aileen and I way back in June 18, 1988. We had some great times together.

  • Diane Davis Burkley Posted May 8, 2020 2:12 am

    Turk and I are so very sorry for your loss. I fondly remember back packing in the Smokies with Paul and our youth group. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you.

  • Joe Matz Posted May 8, 2020 2:48 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Paul’s passing and express my deepest condolences. It was always a pleasure to witness his kindness and love for people.

  • Bruce Neal Posted May 8, 2020 4:02 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Paul. Me sincere condolences to Alice and Tabitha. I can recall my first visit at his church in PA to recruit him for SCC. I always thought a lot of Paul.

  • Kim Avery Posted May 8, 2020 4:18 pm

    Love love you Aunt Alice, Tabitha and Mary. Please take care of yourselves. You all served Uncle Paul well. Remember all the wild and crazy times you had with him as well as the quiet teaching moments. I’m happy that I have memories of going down to the dock with him as a kid with my cousins. I love that he officiated our wedding and most recently when I was able to visit with you at the hospital in Raleigh and take your laundry home to wash. Was it a Micky Mouse boxers or a tee? If boxers, I’m so glad he had a blanket over him;) love you all and let us know what you need.

  • Lee Parker Posted May 8, 2020 6:18 pm

    Alice, It has been a long time but the memories of the years the four of us sharing, playing, and growing together bring warm smiles. I am saddened to hear of Paul’s death. Be assured of my prayers and concern for you and the family.
    Lee Parker

  • Pamela Medlin Posted May 9, 2020 12:40 pm

    Paster Paul meant so much to our family. I tell people that he helped raise our family! He created so many good memories. He’ll be missed!

  • Ronnie and Alice Huggins Posted May 11, 2020 1:05 pm

    Alice & Family, We are saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We were both fond of Paul and learned a great deal about the bible from him. He was a good friend and we had some great times together at ACC. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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