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Tuesday November 9th, 2021
11:00am - 2:00pm

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Banister-Cooper Funeral Home
Tuesday November 9th, 2021

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Ethelda Rebecca Wilkinson (Gribble)

Mrs. Ethelda Rebecca Gribble Wilkinson, 84, passed away Saturday morning, November 6, 2021 peacefully at her home on Lower Bell Creek Road. Mrs. Wilkinson was born in Towns County, Georgia on May 27, 1937 the oldest daughter of Clarence Napoleon and Mary Ethel Hooper Gribble. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence & Mary Gribble and grandparents, Don and Ruth Gribble of Hiawassee.

Surviving are her most beloved husband and best friend, Hal Wilkinson, 93 of Hiawassee; daughters, Linda Jean (Harold) Ingram of Young Harris and Joyce Evelyn Rogers of Hiawassee; sister Barbara Ann Connelly of Winter Haven, Florida; three granddaughters Mandilyn Leigh (Chuck) Moore, “Honeysuckle” of Hiawassee, Jade Moss of Hiawassee and Jentry Moss (Josh) Taylor of Hiawassee. Also surviving are her three great grandchildren, JD Taylor, Jaxi Jule Taylor and Gunner Moore.

Mrs. Wilkinson, most often known by those in the community and family as ‘Thelda and Nanny’ was product of feistiness, quick whit and pure Southern elegance, never seen without dressing to a T. To know Ethelda was to love her. She was of Baptist Faith and spent many Sunday mornings walking to Church down the way to Lower Bell Baptist Church. She’s been a lifelong resident of Lower Bell Creek, and in her free time you’d be able to find her baking a cake or cooking for members of the community, traveling, enjoying daily lunch and dinner dates and adventures with her husband, Hal, and living life to the fullest. She shared her gift of elegance throughout her days as a cosmetologist for many, many members of the surrounding communities as well as working for many years in local factories and a local diner. She loved her family immensely, making people laugh with her tricks and playing jokes on others was a perfect illustration of how she brought so much joy and life to those around her.
Services will be held in Hiawassee, Georgia at Banister-Cooper Funeral Home, Tuesday, November 9. The family will accept visitors for viewing from 11-2 and funeral service following at 2pm. Interment will be following the service at Lower Bell Creek Cemetery. Reverend Ricky Rogers and Kevin Moss officiating, and music provided by members of the Moss and Hunter Family.

Pallbearers are as follows: Larry Moss, Harold Ingram, Chuck Moore, Josh Taylor, Clinton Hobbs, and Michael Gribble. Honorary pallbearers are Randy McClure, Joel Gribble, Tommy Ray Gribble, and Tony Shook.

Flowers or tokens of remembrance can be sent to Banister-Cooper Funeral Home or donations made to Lower Bell Creek Baptist Church for cemetery maintenance and care.

The family appreciates the prayers, love, and support from our community beyond words.
Banister-Cooper is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Wilkinson.

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Linda, Joyce all the Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed the times your Mother came to my beauty shop. I was so blessed to know her and call her my friend. I still bake the pound cake that she gave me the recipe for. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Giles Nov 10 2021 11:09 AM

we didn't get to spend much time together. I have missed that all my life, I will miss you . One day In Heaven we will all be family . Peace and good health. Love your Sis

Barbara Connelly (Gribble) Nov 10 2021 7:10 AM

Ethelda was a very special lady and will be missed by everyone who knew her. May the caring thoughts of your friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Jerry & Betty Bradley Nov 9 2021 8:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ethelda Wilkinson

Gazette Morgan Nov 9 2021 3:52 PM

I knew Ethelda all my life .I remember as a little girl how pretty how and not only pretty outside but inside to.I would see her at some of the restuarnts and I would always have to go talk to her and of course that would take awhile cause we like to talk about the old days.GOD took a beauitful ladyI will miss you

JUDY L GIBSON Nov 9 2021 12:01 PM


Emma Wilkinson scharpf Nov 9 2021 8:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ethelda Wilkinson

Emma Wilkinson scharpf Nov 9 2021 8:17 AM

Rest in peace, Until we meet again. Just over the Rainbow , lies another chance. Your Sis

Barbara A. Gribble , Connelly Nov 9 2021 5:21 AM

Such a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul! Prayers and lots of love for family and friends!

Cherise Barrett Nov 9 2021 1:03 AM

Prayers for peace and comfort for all the family during this time.

Barbara Jean and Tommy Gribble Nov 8 2021 8:42 PM

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