Thomas Jackson “Jack” Wilkerson Sr. passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family Jan. 16, 2013, in Roswell. Jack was born in Carlsbad on Oct. 12, 1923, to Martha Jane Elkins Wilkerson and Harvey Earnest Wilkerson, who preceded him in death. Jack was the middle of 10 children, but is survived only by his brother Robert Wilkerson, of Honduras. He joined the Army the day after Pearl Harbor, and proudly served in Italy and North Africa, where he was a dispatch rider, riding motorcycles delivering messages between headquarters and troops.
Jack grew up on Third Street in Roswell, where he met his next door neighbor and future bride Clara E. Guffey “Sioux” Wilkerson. They eloped in Alamogordo, June 6, 1946. The Wilkersons were blessed with five children, Teresa Land, of Roswell, Patricia Bell, of Roswell, Eva Brown, of Houston, Mary Patrick, of San Antonio, Texas, and Thomas Jackson Wilkerson Jr. and his wife Vikki, of Hobbs.
The family was very active in the Church of Christ and Jack and his family spent many a Sunday loading up the children into the pickup truck and preaching in Tinnie. He drove a truck for more than 60 years hauling hay and gasoline before retiring. Jack is survived by a brother, five children, a daughter-in-law, 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his bride Sioux, three sons-in-law, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. The family wishes to thank Vista Care hospice and our “Jodie” for all of their care. At Jack’s request, no services will be held. He would request you spend some quality time with your family.
Friends may offer condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions on the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.