Obituary – James Wayne Pilkington |

Obituary – James Wayne Pilkington

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A Celebration of Life took place Feb. 18 for James Wayne Pilkington, who died Feb. 14, 2001, at his home in Gardnerville, Nev. He was 62.

Mr. Pilkington was born Oct. 28, 1938, at Los Angeles, Calif., to Ernest Lee and Gladys Blanche (Gibson) Pilkington. He married Barbara Ann Clark Oct. 4, 1964, at Las Vegas, Nev. Mr. Pilkington lived at Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas for a total of 20 years and had been a resident of Gardnerville for the past seven years. He was an electrical contractor and builder in Southern California, Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley and Maui, Hawaii, for 46 years. After retirement he worked side-by-side with his wife, the Rev. Barbara Ann Pilkington, in operating their small wedding chapel in Gardnerville. He was a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and enjoyed traveling and developing property.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Pilkington of Gardnerville; sons, Jay B. Pilkington of Dallas, Texas, and Scott A. Pilkington of Wellington, Nev.; daughters, Beverly J. Smith of Uplands, Calif., and Kemberly A. Smothers of Upland; brother, Thomas Lee Pilkington of Noblesville, Ind.; sister, Patricia Ann Cheek of Anaheim, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and by brothers, Richard and Robert.

A Celebration of Life, which took place Feb. 18 at FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home, was officiated by Mr. Pilkington’s son, Pastor Jay B. Pilkington.

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