Colonel (Ret) James “Jim” Broadus Wilkie III, of Murrells Inlet, slipped the bonds of the physical world at his home, overlooking the place he loved and fought to preserve.
He grew up in Myrtle Beach and attended local schools. He graduated from The Citadel and received an MBA from the University of Washington.
Jim served 22 years in the U.S. Army, where he earned Master Army Aviator status. He was a Vietnam veteran and served tours in Germany, Korea, Iran, and many stateside locations.
After retiring from active duty, he worked in the aerospace industry and established a home in San Diego.
But the pull of his roots was too strong and he and Kate relocated to Murrells Inlet in 1998. Once back on native soil, he dove into a host of conservation activities, focusing on Murrells Inlet 2007. He was always proudest of the ongoing water quality monitoring effort to preserve the salt marsh for future generations. He was awarded the Golden Oyster in 2012 for his dedicated efforts.
Jim also served on the Georgetown Water and Sewer Board.
He is survived by his wife Kate and two sons, Jim (Becky) and Don (Carlene). He is also survived by grandchildren Jimmy, Josh, Travis, and Cameron and a great-grandchild, Isabella. His beloved sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Bill Chandler, also survive him.
A memorial service is planned for a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, he would appreciate donations to Murrells Inlet 2020, 4124-B Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 and Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.
Condolences may be made to: www.burroughsfh.com
The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.
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