Mr. Wikle died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 15, 1936, in Habersham County, he was a son of the late William Arthur Wikle and Lela Smith Wikle. Jimmy also was preceded in death by brothers, Paul Wikle and Billy Wikle, and sisters, Minnie Lea Brown and Marie Eppinga.
Jimmy was a lifelong resident of Batesville and a member of Providence Baptist Church in Habersham County.
Jimmy worked at Scovill Fasteners and was a successful Realtor in Habersham County. Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who loved living in the North Georgia Mountains and enjoyed trout fishing the Soque River. He was proud of his Batesville heritage and loved to talk and share stories of life in Batesville. Jimmy was an advocate for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and he worked hard to be a voice for people who struggle with mental illness.
Jimmy is survived by Patricia S. Wikle of Asheville, N.C., and their five children, Chris Wikle of Gainesville, Mark Wikle of Batesville, Robin Wikle of Cleveland, Jennifer Wikle of Cleveland, Alison Esther (husband, Greg) of Jasper; five grandchildren, Joshua Wikle of Atlanta, Chase Wikle of Houston, Texas, Adam Culberson of Demorest, Emily McCay of Clarkesville, and Amelia Esther of Jasper; and one great-granddaughter, Lilah Gillespie of Clarkesville. Jimmy is also survived by a son, Nathaniel Wikle of Clarkesville, and Nathaniel’s mother, Barbara Wikle of Batesville.