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Mark Gardner Wilkins

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Date published: 1/8/2014

Mark Gardner Wilkins

On Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, Mark Gardner Wilkins, 29, of Manassas and Colonial Beach passed away at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax.

The dearly beloved son of Carey McColgan Bolin (Phil) of Colonial Beach and Paul C. Wilkins of Manassas, Mark is also survived by his loving sister, Bryn Wilkins of Jupiter, Fla.; stepsister Lauren Bolin (Cynthia West) and nephew Oliver West Bolin, all of Baltimore; uncles Grayson McColgan (Carmella) of Big Stone Gap and Stephen Straka of Scientist Cliffs, Md.; and cousins Katie, Daniel and Megan McColgan, Eric Echols and Erin Stickler.

Mark was predeceased by maternal grandparents Maurice and Victoria McColgan of Big Stone Gap; paternal grandparents Paul and June Wilkins of Manassas; and aunt Loretta Straka of Scientist Cliffs. He also leaves many special friends, in particular the Jack Southard family of Manassas, who were an enduring presence of support and care.

An informal celebration and remembrance of Mark's life will be held at a later date. Advance notification of the event date and location will be provided to family and all friends who wish to attend.

At this time, Mark's family thanks everyone for their kind words of sympathy, warm companionship, selfless friendship and generous expressions of affection for Mark.