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SGT Russell “Russ” Martin Wilkinson, United States Army (Ret.), 57, of Savannah, Georgia, died Monday evening, August 10, 2020, at his home.

Born in Brunswick, Georgia, he was a son of William Guyton Wilkinson and the late Helen Schuster Johnson. Russ retired as a Sergeant in the United States Army after serving as a Combat Medic with the 82nd Airborne Division. He enjoyed playing and teaching chess, playing golf, and playing pool. Most important in life to Russ was his love and devotion for his children and grandchildren.In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dale Sorrells.

Survivors include two daughters, Jamie Wilkinson Gonzalez and her husband, Joseph, and Brittany Wilkinson Chandler and her husband, Jeremy; five grandchildren, Brena Gonzalez, Matthew Gonzalez, Joseph Gonzalez, Ellie Chandler and Evelyn Chandler; his father and step-mother, William Guyton Wilkinson and his wife, Chris; one brother, Nelson Wilkinson and his wife, Robin; nieces and nephews, and his aunt and uncle.

The Celebration of Life, with full military honors, will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 15, 2020, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, with the family receiving friends afterwards until 2:30.

Remembrances: Veteran Suicide Awareness Project ( the Wounded Warrior Project – 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

You are invited to view the memorial service for SGT Russ Wilkinson by clicking here.

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  1. Dwayne Davidson says:

    A lot of good memories. My deepest Sympathies
    Dwayne Davidson
    US Army Retired

  2. Danielle Kinner & family says:

    Rest now Russ…. you will be missed, please do check in from time to time…. I promise to put on my big girl britches and do a shot for you! Donna and I will also be there for Brittany, JJ and the girls!!!!

  3. LTC (Ret) Randall Thompson says:

    Rest In Peace my cousin. Airborne all the way!

  4. Gerald Cyr says:

    May God keep you.

  5. Nancy Grooms says:

    To Rusty’s family – I knew him growing up as a cousin. Let’s just say he spent alot of moments in “time out” having to sit on the toy box! Rusty was joyous and loved the simple pleasures of life as a kid whether we were crabbing or climbing trees at the river or riding bicycles around the circle at Sunnybrook.
    I pray and know that our Lord will see the goodness in Rusty’s heart. Wish we could be at the memorial service to give Marcia a hug and see the grown up Girls he loved so much!
    Nancy & Robert

  6. Faye Cunningham says:

    So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. Knew him for many years. His sister was married to my brother Dudley .
    God bless his family .
    May he Rest In Peace
    Faye Cunningham

  7. Frederick says:


    I was so sorry to see this just now on Facebook. Please get in touch
    with me.. My phone numbers are 843-663-1938 and 843-206-6302

    Fred Bischoff (Freddie)

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