Murder victim Mark Wilkes laid to rest in Dalby
ON THE day his accused murderer was charged in court, hundreds of family, friends and community members gathered at Dalby Presbyterian Church to bid farewell to Mark Wilkes.
Mr Wilkes, 45, died in a house fire on Wednesday, January 20, at his Edward St residence.
Tributes flowed in following the fire, with neighbours and family left devastated.
The youngest of 10 children, family said they would remember him as kind and compassionate, and somebody who would drop everything to help friends and relatives.
"He was very friendly, he would do anything for anybody," his sister-in-law said during a time of reflection at the service.
"Mark was a good man, honest and true. We'll never forget the good times."
Mr Wilkes was also a devoted family man, prioritising his three young children above all else.
Nephew Josh Wilkes said: "He thought the world of his kids, they were his number one priority."
The devoted father often took his children camping and taught them to fish.
The Wilkes family moved to Dalby when Mr Wilkes was seven.
He attended primary school at Dalby Central State School and finished at Dalby State High School.
After finishing school he worked in house removal, levelling houses, laying pipes for the Dalby council, for himself as a labourer and then again as a labourer for the council.
The emotional service was followed by a committal at the Myall Remembrance Park.
The Wilkes family thanked the Dalby community for support at this difficult time.