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Couple awarded Longleaf Pine honor

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Brenda and Kennis Wilkins received the state's Order of the Longleaf Pine award in October.

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, December 10, 2017

State officials honored a Williamston couple for their community service and business leadership recently with a reception at the North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Building in Raleigh.

Kennis and Brenda Wilkins were awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor, during the celebration on Oct. 5. The event was hosted by Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram of Northampton County. Sens. Don Davis and Floyd McKissick also participated in the event.

The Wilkins were recognized for their contributions to business, eduction and community service. The couple operates Wilkins Insurance of the Carolinas, FaithWorks Home Health Care and FaithWorks Community Service.

The two are longtime supporters of Elizabeth City State University. Kennis Wilkins is a member of the school’s board of trustees and its call center was named for the couple in recognition of their financial support. Kennis Wilkins also is a board member of the Community Foundation of NC East and an officer with the Prince Hall Masons of Wilson.

“Through community support, entrepreneurship and senior care, the Wilkins have provided jobs, economic development opportunities and enhanced services for the region,” Smith-Ingram said. “ ... The Wilkins have gone above and beyond in their endeavors over the years.”

McKissick said, “I know no couple that has been more committed, more loyal, more active, or civically or politically engaged than the Wilkins."

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