SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Bobby L. Wilkins passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at Grace Home, after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be held from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 5th, at Osborn Funeral Home. Graveside services will begin at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at Greenwood Cemetery, Stoner Avenue. Officiating will be The Reverend Paul Martin, Assistant Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Mr. Wilkins was a native of Denton, North Carolina and a resident of Shreveport for 60 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Bobby began his professional baseball career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was also a shortstop with the Shreveport Sports where he set the Texas League record of 159 most consecutive chances without error in 1949. In 1951, Wilkins set the record for the most double plays (71) started in a season. Following his retirement from baseball he was Chief of Identification for the Caddo Sheriff's Department. After retiring from the Sheriff's Department he taught and coached in local high schools. He attended Catawba College, Salisbury, NC; Duke University, Durham, NC and graduated from the FBI National Academy and was elected president of the Louisiana Division, Inc., International Association for Identification.
Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Connie Johnson Wilkins; one brother, Dr. Joe Wilkins of Charlotte, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be John Webb, Jim Scruggs, Dr. David Clemons, Keith Evans, Jim Kyle and Calvin Head.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Claude Pasquier, Arthur Carmody, Jr., Brooks Robinson and all members of the M.L.B.P. Alumni Association. OSBORNFUNERALHOME.NET