William George Wilkerson, Jr. (Bill) passed away after a sudden illness on October 13, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. Bill was born to William George Wilkerson, Sr and Tressie Nadean Lucas Wilkerson on March 31, 1953 in Holdenville, Oklahoma.
He was reared on the family farm in Wetumka, Oklahoma, with his parents, sister and two brothers. Bill was active in Wetumka Schools’ sports, Key Club, and Future Farmers of America. Bill enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where he met his future wife, Patsy Cosper. Bill and Pat were married August 18, 1972. They have a son, Christopher Michael and daughter, Cara Lynn. Bill received his bachelors of science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his MBA from Oklahoma City University.
Bill was employed by OGE Corp beginning as an engineering tech moving to their marketing department and eventually to corporate planning. After 41 years of service, he retired as Senior Financial Planner in 2015. He and Pat moved to Franklin in January 2018 to be nearer their young grandsons and parents.
His surviving family is wife, Pat; son, Chris (Crista) Wilkerson and daughter Cara (Conrad) Deese; a granddaughter, AshLynn Wilkerson; and three grandsons, Peyton Deese, Parker Deese and Paxton Deese. Also surviving is his father, William (Bill) Wilkerson; his sister, Jo Shaw; two brothers David (Dottie) Wilkerson and John (Dusti) Wilkerson; aunt, Laquita Maxwell; and uncle David Wilkerson. His Cosper family, Lily Mae Cagle, Lettie and Freeman Dilbeck, Ruth and Ray Finch, Carolyn and Wendell Kleiss, Christine Fletcher, Eydie and Vic Burgess, George and Elva Cosper and JD Cosper. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews on both sides and a host of cousins.
His mother, Tressie predeceased him. Bill was blessed with a large extended family. Bill loved his family and our Pop will be forever missed.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held Friday, November 9th , 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Wetumka.
Bill believed that sponsoring youth sports, FFA, or church youth groups was time well spent. Please consider a donation to the Wetumka Public Schools FFA Club or any youth group or organization of your choice.