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Richard M. Wilkins, 53, Vero Beach

Richard M. Wilkins, 53, of Vero Beach, passed away on Sept. 21, 2016.

He is survived by his children Cheryl Wilkins of New Jersey, Richard M. Wilkins, Jr. of Pennsylvania, Robert Shackleford (Heidi) of New Jersey, Tara Maldonado of New Jersey, Franklyn Newby (Jennifer) of New Jersey, Joseph Newby (Cassandra) of New Jersey, Samantha Newby-Wilcox (Chris) of Hawaii, and Nicole Newby (Artie) of New Jersey; eight grandchildren, Malachi Wilkins, Alex Newby, Mason Newby, Marissa Newby, Robert Newby, Athala Wilcox, Leiba Wilcox, and Esperance Wilcox; his brothers Kenneth and David; and his sisters Barbara and Glenda.

He is predeceased by his parents and his granddaughter, Aria Shackleford.

Wilkins was born to Dillman Stephen and Ruth Ann Wilkins on Feb. 1, 1963. He was married to Doris Marie Wilkins for 14 years.

He was a construction worker and a family man. He served as a bingo caller for the Vero Beach Eagles Club, a cook and bingo caller for the Vero Beach American Legion, and a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. He also enjoyed fishing and roller-skating.

A memorial service will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

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