Elbert "Berlin" Wike
Mr. Elbert "Berlin" Wike of Cleveland passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Gateway Health and Rehab. He was 90.
Mr. Wike was born April 27, 1928, to the late CJ Wike Sr. and the late Ida Mae Black. Being born and raised in Cleveland, Berlin enjoyed many things, including hunting the mountain for deer, spending time with his family, long rides over Tray Mountain, and most importantly, serving his community by towing broken-down cars for people, and also putting people into a new car from the dealership he owned for many years, Wike's Used Cars.
Berlin's small-town claim to fame was in 1977, when he was the "star" of Smokey and the Bandit, where he acted out the part as the tow-truck driver.
Of all of the amazing things that Berlin was a part of in his lifetime, he would mostly like to be remembered as an amazing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a man of God.
In addition to his parents, Berlin was preceded in death by seven siblings, Willene Wike, Lawrence Wike, Myrtle Wheeler, Lorene Thomason, CJ Wike Jr., Wynell Anderson, and Christine McCollum. He was also
preceded in death by a son, Randy Wike, of Oakwood.
Berlin is survived by his loving wife of many years, Robbie "Bobbie" Bush Wike of Cleveland; son, Ricky (Toni) Wike of Cleveland; daughter-in-law, Robyn Wike of Oakwood; daughter, Michelle (Douglas) Waters of Cleveland; sisters, Louise Piano of Florida, Imagene Autry of Cleveland, and Yvonne Hicks of Alabama; grandchildren, Rick Wike, Jordan Wike, Taylor Wike, and Derek Lindeborg; great-grandchildren, Faith Blaisedell, Shawn Lindeborg, and Bailee Lindeborg; great-great-grandchildren, Parker Blaisedell, Elizabeth Blaisedell, and Raylen Lindeborg, who is due to make an arrival any day now.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in the Chapel of Cleveland Funeral Home, with Pastor Betty Wilson of Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship officiating. A visitation will be held on the same day from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Special music will be played by Taylor Wike.
The family of Mr. Wike would like to send a huge "Thank You" to the staff at Gateway Health and Rehab, in particularly, Mrs. Cindy Holbrooks.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Michelle Waters, and can be mailed to 83 Underwood Farm Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.cleveland-funeralhome.com.
Cleveland Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.
White County News - Cleveland, Georgia
October 18, 2018