Bill Wilkinson participated in the very first Carolinas Golden Gloves in Charlotte in 1933 and walked away with the bantamweight crown. He took the lightweight title in 1935. Wilkinson was unable to enter the Charlotte tournament again until 1939, but he again won the lightweight title that year. A native of Lincolnton, N.C. Wilkinson fought 125 times and lost just four bouts and was never knocked out. He attended King College in Bristol, Tenn. On a boxing scholarship, where one of his teammates was Ed Sweet, a member of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame from Cornelius, N.C. Wilkinson was undefeated throughout his college career. Most of his fights were as a lightweight. He was recognized as smart ring general with good punching power in both hands. Wilkinson won Golden Gloves titles in Charlotte, Raleigh and High Point. He represented the state in a national tournament in Cleveland, where he dropped a close decision.
Wilkinson spent his working years as an executive with Coca Cola Co. in Bristol. He and his wife Elizabeth, now deceased, are the parents of three.