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Freddy DeWayne Wilkinson

Freddy DeWayne Wilkinson, age 41, died on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma. He was born on Sunday, August 8, 1982, to Ford Leon and Peggy Sue Broach Wilkinson in Mena, Arkansas.

Freddy personified a zest for life, and his vibrant personality left a lasting impression on everyone he met. A member of the Grannis Trail Riders, Freddy embodied the spirit of the cowboy lifestyle. His passions included horseback riding, car racing, deer and coon hunting, and roping. He had an unparalleled love for anything fast, a trait that reflected his dynamic character. Freddy’s love for country music was well-known among his friends and family, serving as a soundtrack to his life and complimenting his persona.

More than just a cowboy, Freddy was a loving husband to his wife, Jessica, and a devoted father to his children. His commitment to his family was his most cherished cause, and his love and dedication were an inspiration to all who knew him. Above everything else, he was “Gramps” to his grandchildren. His unparalleled love and guidance will be deeply missed, but his legacy will continue to live on in their hearts.

Besides his family and cowboy lifestyle, Freddy had another love – his trucking company. As the founder of Wilkinson Trucking, he combined his business acumen with his love for all things fast, making his mark in the industry and creating a successful company that mirrored his own tenacity and determination.

Freddy is survived by his parents, Ford and Peggy Wilkinson of Cove; his wife, Jessica Wilkinson of Cove; three sons, Dakota Turnbough of Hatton, Austin Price of Cove, and Luke Dinkins of Cove; three daughters, Ariel Wilkinson of Watson, Oklahoma, Shania Wilkinson of Watson, Oklahoma, and Lindy Price of Cove; two brothers and sister in law, Henry and Amanda Wilkinson of Cove, and Jeral Wilkinson of Cove; four grandchildren, Stetson Turnbough of Hatton, Atticus Price of Cove, Creek Chappell of Cove, and Cash Chappell of Cove; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Don Youngblood officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

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