Roy Earnest Wilder

April 19, 1931 - January 12, 2020

Roy Earnest Wilder, 88, of Corbin passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Baptist Health Corbin.

Born April 19, 1931, in Lynch, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Herbert Wilder and Arizona Wooten Wilder. In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Wilder; sister, Mary Dorsey; and brother, Patrick Wilder.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and earned the Purple Heart. His career for over 30 years was a coal miner. A member of Parkway Ministries, he was always eager to help with anything needed and was referred to as the “handyman.” He was also an avid U.K. Wildcat fan.

He leaves behind his son, John Wilder and wife Joan; daughter, Joy Robinson and husband Dan; son, Roy “Monty” Wilder and wife Linda; daughter, Jill Sergent and husband Steve; 10 grandchildren: Jay Wilder and wife Jeanne, Justin Wilder and wife Sheena, Jeremy Armstrong and wife Amy, Jeff Whitaker and wife Heather, Stephanie Khoury and husband Laith, Sarah Lucky and husband David, Seth Wilder, Lance Sergent, Perry Sergent, and Kayla Wilson and husband Josh; 13 great grandchildren; and two brothers: Eugene Wilder of Lynch, Kentucky, and Ralph Wilder of Ocoee, Florida.

He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 8 P.M. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Hisle and Eddie Jones officiating. Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at Cumberland Memorial Gardens with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 88 Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 P.M. Tuesday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkway Ministries 510 Cumberland Gap Parkway Corbin, KY 40701.

  1. Bruce & Deb pippin Reply

    To the wilder family,
    Loved your momma & daddy from the time I was little when we were neighbors. They both encouraged us to be in church at an early age. Then later in life they both were so instrumental in helping us become better people/followers of Christ. You all were blessed to have the parents you had. We love each of you & holding you up in prayer.

  2. Kenneth Hudson Reply

    Roy is finally with Bennie! Thank you God for allowing this family to spend time on this earth with mine. It meant so much! I loved them dearly.

    Kenny Hudson

  3. John & Diane Ackerman Reply

    What a wonderful life and legacy to celebrate! Our prayers are with you!

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