May 17, 1929 ~ March 17, 2006

Born in: Sylva, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Orville Woodrow “Hoover” Wilkes, 76, of 547 Eliada Home Road, Asheville, died Friday, March 17, 2006, at his home. A native of Sylva, he was a son of the late James and Dovie Crawford Wilkes. He was a retired welder and a US Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Barbara Rhodes Wilkes; a son, Michael A. Wilkes of Cullowhee; five step children, Allan Turbyfill of Maine, Gregory Turbyfill of Canton, Keith Turbyfill and Karlya Buckner of Asheville and Sonya Chaffins of West Virginia; 15 step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 pm Monday at the funeral home.

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  1. Barbara and Family:

    Our prayers will be you and your family for the days ahead. We are sorry for the loss of Orville. He was a sweet and kind man to us. We will miss him.
    Love You
    Joyce, Don, and Mama

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  2. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ORVILLE’S FAMILY.HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO ME.HE TAUGHT ME ALOT ABOUT FISHING. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS QUIET AND KIND NATURE,AND ESPECIALLY OUR FISHING TRIPS.

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  3. To a very dear step-father. I will always have very good memories of you as a child growing up. My deepest sympathy to your wife. Love Mary Davis Ruff

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  4. Sonya…
    So very sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during the days ahead. I pray that the Lord will provide you with strength and comfort as you go through this valley. He can give you a peace that truly passes all understanding. Blessings.

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  5. Mom, We’re so sorry for your loss and that we can not be there for you in person, but know we are there in spirit. Orville had a way of leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met, the light in his eyes, his smile and his stories. He will be deeply missed by us and all who have known him.

    With our love Allan, Phyllis and Family

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  6. KARLYA, I AM SORRY THAT YOUR MOM AND YOUR FAMILY HAD TO LOOSE ORVILLE, BUT AT LEAST YOU KNOW HE IS AT PEACE AND HE KNOWS WHERE HE IS AND WHAT HE IS DOING. I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS. I REALLY DO LOVE YOU SIS AND I MISS YOU BEING WITH MY FAMILY. KEEP THE FAITH AND KNOW THAT GOD WILL SEE YOU ALL THROUGH THIS.

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