Marion "Gayle" Wilkerson, age 81, passed away Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, with his family by his side at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of Trafalgar.
Gayle was born January 30, 1933 in Johnson County to the late Fred and Opal "Pauline" (Walker) Wilkerson. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Lee (Knoop) Wilkerson whom he married on September 10, 1960 in Trafalgar.
Their marriage was blessed with two sons: Mark (wife, Kathy) Wilkerson of Greenwood and Brian (wife, Cheryl) Wilkerson of Franklin. He will also be missed by four grandchildren: Sandra Gieseking, Ashley Wilkerson, Geoff Wilkerson, Kaelea Cheek; and four great grandchildren.
Gayle was employed for 40 years as a SeniorScheduler with Diamond Chain in Indianapolis. He was a 1951 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to attend Butler University in Indianapolis before proudly serving his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during Korean War from March 11, 1953 to March 4, 1955.
Gayle enjoyed spending time with his family and watching all kinds of sporting events, especially IU basketball. He also loved to watch his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.
Gayle was presently a member of the First Christian Church of Morgantown and past 60 year member of the Trafalgar Christian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder & Trustee. Gayle was a member & Treasurer of the Trafalgar American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge #317. Gayle served as Trustee & Treasurer for many years of the First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.
Gayle served as the Hensley Township Trustee for over 22 years until 1998. He presently was serving as Precinct Committeeman for Hensley Township.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: William "Bill" Wilkerson & Keith Wilkerson.
The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd, Morgantown. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday also at the church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial with Military graveside rites will be at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Franklin.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Gayle to the First Christian Church of Morgantown, "Building Fund", P.O. Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160
Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Wilkerson family at www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670