Christopher Tony "Chris" Wilkes, 48, husband of 20 years to Carolyn Grace Beard Wilkes, passed away, Monday, September 6, 2021 at the V.A. Hospital in Lexington, Ken.

Chris was born January 13, 1973 in Commerce to the late Dennis Anthony Wilkes I and Lois Elaine Patton Page. Chris was raised in Jefferson.

Chris was a former employee with the Department of Veterans Affairs, a former truck driver and security guard for Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace. He was a 1993 graduate of Jefferson High School, attended Capella University where he studied Business Management, he also attended BCTC in Lawrenceburg, Ken., and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif.

He was a certified Spanish Linguist and received degrees in Public Affairs and Homeland Security. Christopher was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Army Reserves. He served during the Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he received a Good Conduct Medal. He was an avid Falcons Fan, University of Georgia Football Fan and he enjoyed bowling.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Rome Wilkes in 2006; his sister, Kansas Elaine Passmore; and an uncle, Ricky Wilkes.

Including his wife Carolyn, he is survived by his sons, Brent Wilkes and Kyle Wilkes and their mother Amanda Cross, Maysville; and Tanis Wilkes, Denny Wilkes and Chad Wilkes, all of Lawrenceburg, Ken.

Memorial service: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. at Cave Springs Baptist Church in Pendergrass. A meal will follow in the pavilion following the service.

Family to receive friends: Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 4 until 5 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, Ken. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ritchieandpeach.com.

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