Jerome R. Wilkerson, civic leader, dies

Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 1966 Jerome Roy Wilkerson, Brady mortician and civic leader, died in Scott & White Hospital at Temple at 4 a.m. Friday, after having been ill since last September. He was 57. A native of Brady, Mr. Wilkerson was born Oct. 24, 1909, and was a lifelong resident here. He and his late father owned and operated Wilkerson Funeral Home in Brady since 1935. Mr. Wilkerson was a booster of the July Jubilee, an ardent golfer and was interested in other forms of athletics, including Little League baseball and football. In fact, it was while playing golf in the annual Labor Day tournament in Del Rio that he first became ill. His condition gradually worsened, and he was hospitalized here and in San Antonio before entering Scott & White more than two weeks before his death. He attended Brady schools and Texas Military Institute of Terrell, and was a graduate of Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston in 1938. Mr. Wilkerson was married to Camie Helen Carrithers of Brady June 26, 1926, in Brady. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wilkerson Chapel, the Rev. Lamar Leifeste, pastor of First Methodist Church, of which Mr. Wilkerson was a member, and the Rev. Bill Boswell, pastor of the First Christian Church, conducting. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Pierce of Del Rio; a son, Jerry Wilkerson of the home, and a sister, Mrs. Rachael Bryson of Uvalde. Pallbearers were T.P. Wood, Jack Deaton, John Rudder, Charlie Samuel, H.L. Gober, Jr., Bert Harrison, B.D. Geeslin, Ed Davenport, Dr. Harry Priess and Fred Wulff, Jr. All friends were named as honorary pallbearers. *** Cowboy fans may ride bus to see big game Dec. 4 Want to ride a bus to Dallas on Dec. 4 to see the Dallas Cowboys host the St. Louis Cardinals in a National Football League game’ James Walton and Jim Harkrider are making such arrangements and those interested may contact either of the above gentlemen. Tickets to the game and the round trip bus fare will total $16 per person, Harkrider said, and only 29 persons can be accommodated. The bus would leave here early the morning of Dec. 4, and would return to Brady that same night. Either Walton or Harkrider must know as soon as possible if you wish to make the trip. Deadline is Nov. 10, they said. *** Spooks visit Lohn during carnival The spooks and goblins visited Lohn at the Halloween carnival Saturday night. Prizes and winners were , B-B gun, Mrs. Patsy Lohn; tether ball, Miss Laurie Solsbery of San Angelo; bedspread, Clarence Lohn and can opener- knife sharpener, Royce Blackburn of Brownwood. Grady Moore was the lucky recipient of the grand door prize which was one well-worn, paint-peeled door tied with a huge red bow.

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