YOUNGSTOWN — Olajuwon Perkins Wilks, 29, departed this life Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.
Mr. Wilks was born Aug. 6, 1990, in Youngstown, a son of Tracy Perkins Wilks and Latoya Stephenson.
He attended Youngstown City Schools and was employed by Carter-Wilks Cleaning Service. He attended Kimmelbrook Missionary Baptist Church.
He had a passion for loving his children, cooking, basketball and being with his family. He was a diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He leaves cherished memories to his father and stepmother, Tracey (Malikh) Wilks; his mother and stepfather, Latoya (Mark) Hopkins; five children, Zywoun, Harmonie and Ra’Kiyah Perkins, and Jaiden Conner and Harmony Edwards, all of Youngstown; seven sisters, Aireonia and Daraysha, both of Youngstown, and MarKayla, MarKasha, MarKeia Hopkins Feaster of South Carolina, Shunice Moreland-Wilks of Atlanta, Ga., and Ghalaysha Sanders of Liberty; six brothers, Brandon, Andre, Traeshawn, Ghatre Wilks and De’Onte Brown, all of Youngstown, and Mark Hopkins Feaster of South Carolina; grandparents Patricia Wilks and Evelyn (Winfred) Hall, both of Youngstown; great-grandparents Edgar (Rebekah) Stephenson of Indiana; and two special friends, Tyrasia Freeman and Alexis Myers, both of Youngstown.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Evelyn Black Stephenson and Fred Perkins Sr.; his grandfather, Charles Lee; his grandmothers, Sophia Perkins and Essie Mitchell; godmother Janelle “Mici” Howell Smith; uncles Michael A. Hall, Vincent Poole and Fred Perkins Jr.; and an aunt, Celestine Hall Clark.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, Youngstown. Friends may call 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.
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