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In Memory of

Drane Walton Wilkinson

June 19, 1970 - September 23, 2016

Obituary


ATHENS, GA - Mr. Drane W. Wilkinson III, passed away suddenly, on September 23, 2016, in Athens, Georgia.

He was the son of Marilyn E. Wilkinson and the late Drane W. Wilkinson Jr. He was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 19, 1970. He moved to Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1979 and had lived in Athens, Georgia since the year 2000.

Mr. Wilkinson was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, and Woodbadge. Mr. Wilkinson had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies and History from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode...

ATHENS, GA - Mr. Drane W. Wilkinson III, passed away suddenly, on September 23, 2016, in Athens, Georgia.

He was the son of Marilyn E. Wilkinson and the late Drane W. Wilkinson Jr. He was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 19, 1970. He moved to Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1979 and had lived in Athens, Georgia since the year 2000.

Mr. Wilkinson was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, and Woodbadge. Mr. Wilkinson had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies and History from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island (1995); did graduate work in ancient history at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut (1995-97); and completed the coursework for a Masters in Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia (2008). He worked for many years for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions through the Office of Public Service and Outreach, in the College of Environment and Design at UGA: first as Program Coordinator (2003-2008); and later as Executive Director (2008-2010). Prior to coming to Athens he was Director of Historic Jonesborough [Tennessee] Foundation (1997-2001).

Throughout his preservation career in Tennessee and Georgia Drane also performed hands-on restoration and conservation, and he was a consummate craftsman at carpentry, epoxy wood restoration, painting, and many other building skills. He was practicing these trades at the time of his death.
Highly intelligent, Drane was a superb raconteur and very knowledgeable about history, literature, and popular culture. He had a particular interest in knots and the history of overalls. He loved and collected folk music of all types. He wrote many short stories and anyone who spent any time with him knew of his yarn spinning talents. He was also a skilled bread baker, and his loaves will be sorely missed by his friends.

He is survived by his mother, Marilyn E. Wilkinson of Jonesborough, Tenn.; two aunts, one uncle, and many cousins.

A Celebration of Life service was held at the Eureka Hotel in Jonesborough, on October 13, 2016.

Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.