Joan A. Wilkins, 86, passed away on November 12, 2021. She was the only child of P. Marion and Azalee Wilkins. Miss Wilkins was devoted not only to her family but also to nearly a thousand children in Jacksonville as an elementary school teacher. Known well at Love Grove Elementary as an exemplary teacher, but also for her turquoise blue 1957 Chevy, which she drove for a half century!
Joan had a great love for her beautiful home, surrounded by woods near the creek. This land became the home of a multitude of animals, wild and tame, cats – oh, so many cats – and her beloved collie dog, Misty. Her yard was a thing of beauty – masses of azaleas nestled under the trees, camellias, ferns in the shade, flowering trees, and her cobalt blue birdbath with lawn statuary.
The end of her will-lived life will be a grave side service at Evergreen Cemetery on November 23, 2021 at 11:00am. She will lay beside her beloved parents, who with her Lord Jesus Christ, shall be joined together once more. This life lesson is evident: The Lord does not promise us tomorrow – He promises eternity. Fare thee well dear friend.
We will miss you ur sweet friend!!!!!!! God Bless you !!!!1 We will see each other again!!!!!!!
So thankful is have been able to call Joan my dear friend for almost 40 years.
Ms. Wilkins was my 5th grade teacher at Lover Grove Elementary. She was a wonderful inspiration. She watched me drawing one day and said “wow, that’s very good, you should be an Architect”. I have been an Architect for 25 years. When anyone asks “when did you know you wanted to be an Architect”, i tell them “my first thought was when my 5th grade teacher suggested it”. Rest in Peace lovely lady.
Joan, I will miss you, but I know you are in heaven with your parents. Thank you for all our great talks!
Had a wonderful talk with you in 2020, you were a wonderful teacher. So sincere, Excellent Teacher.
You were my 5th grade teacher at Love Grove School during the late 60’s. I remembered your blue Chevy and every day afterwards I would see it out and about after school. I will see you I’m heaven and we will laugh and smile again.
Joan, this trip back to Jacksonville was a sad one. I drove down Jork Rd. and was sure you would be outside raking or trimming one of your many flowering plants. And I was sure I would see your beloved Chevrolet in the driveway. A neighbor told me you passed away a little over a month ago! I was stunned and heart broken. You were one of the kindest teachers I have known. May you rest in peace.
Rest In Peace Joan. I miss all the great time we spent together every week, for many years .
Rest In Peace Joan.!I miss seeing you