Emory Wilkins Jr., a retired chef and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 77.
Mr. Wilkins was born in Detroit and raised in Canon, Ga., where he graduated from the local public schools.
Mr. Wilkins moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s, and he began working at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in 1959 as a chef.
He retired in 2001.
Mr. Wilkins who lived on Grantley Road for more than 40 years, was well known in his neighborhood.
"He was like a father to so many of the neighborhood children as well as other family members. They affectionately called him 'Uncle M,' " said his wife of 49 years, the former Annie Workman.
"He was always lending a helping hand to people and giving those in need help," Mrs. Wilkins said.
Mr. Wilkins was a member for over 40 years of Simmons Baptist Church.
He was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan. and enjoyed playing cards and traveling.
Services will be held at noon today at March West Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.
Also surviving are a sister, Mattie Jones of Detroit, and many nieces and nephews.