J Earl Wilkes

October 18, 1934July 14, 2021

J. Earl Wilkes, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away July 14, 2021. He was born in Shelby County on October 18, 1934 to Paul Wilkes and Louise (Martin) Wilkes, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his son, Steve Wilkes, and the mother of his children, Louise (Wilkes) McKee.

His is survived by his wife, Arlene E. (Porter) Wilkes; brother, Larry Wilkes (Rosemary); daughter, Debra Yates (Tom); stepdaughter, Peggy Simpson (Todd); stepson, Roger Porter; grandchildren, Derek Simpson (Haley), Ryan Counts (Amanda), Jenny Wilkes, Robyn Counts, Clayton Simpson (Stephanie), Thaddeus and Chloe Porter; ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He graduated Moral High in Shelby County, where he was president of his senior class. He attended IUPUI. He was a licensed real estate broker. Earl worked at AFNB/Chase Bank as a mortgage banker until he retired and then owned two franchises of Naked City Furniture. He served in the National Guard Reserves and was a 32nd degree Mason for over 50 years. He was also an Eagle member for over 50 years.

During these times of trouble and physical distancing, hold tight to your fondest memories of Earl.

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Joy Pipes

July 25, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to find out Earl had passed away just one day after seeing him. I am grateful that I was able visit with him for a bit and to thank him for the opportunities he gave me while working at Naked Furniture! May God bless and comfort his lovely wife Arlene, and the rest of his family and friends.