Funeral services for Thomas Frank Wilkerson, Sr., 72, of Auxvasse, Missouri, formerly of West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Victory Family Worship Center, 904 W. Main Street, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Wilkerson entered into Glory at Audrain Medical Center on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
He was born on November 25, 1940 in Rombauer, Missouri, the son of the late Clyde and Treveal (Fowler) Wilkerson. Tom attended Canalou and Lilbourn High Schools in Southeast Missouri where he played basketball. He graduated from Lilbourn High School in 1959. Tom was a veteran, having served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965 where he earned the Supply and Transport Battalion Soldier of the Quarter Award and was in the United States Army Reserve until 1969. On March 5, 1966, he was married at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clayton, Missouri, to Louise Nadine Click. Tom worked at Continental Can Company in St. Louis for several years. He retired from Continental Can in 1975 and relocated his family to the West Plains, Missouri area. He was the owner and operator of Toms’ Barber shop in West Plains, Missouri for many years. He and his wife also owned and operated a general store at Pottersville, Missouri, the Two-Way Cafe in West Plains and Once Upon a Time Antique Shop at their farm on Route K. In addition, Tom held many side jobs including buying and selling livestock, serving as a reserve Howell County sheriff’s deputy, hauling water, and owning and managing rental properties with his wife. Tom also volunteered as a church bus driver and Royal Rangers sponsor at First Assembly of God in West Plains. After moving to Auxvasse, Missouri in 2001, he served on the Auxvasse City Council from 2006 to 2008. Tom is best known by his many family and friends for his kindness and sense of humor. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids, going to auctions, and keeping up with current events. Tom was of the Christian faith.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Wilkerson, of the family home; three children, Thomas Wilkerson Jr. and wife, Nicole (“Kanova”) , Jefferson City, Missouri, Anna Corman and husband, Gene, Pomona, Missouri and Mike Wilkerson and wife, Lisa, Cottonwood, California; nine grandchildren, Emily and Trevor Wilkerson, Chris, Hunter, and Molly Corman, Alysa, Natalie, and Emily Panks Wilkerson and Weston Wilkerson who is due to make his appearance in February; five brothers, Norman and wife, Eva, Carmen and wife, Sharon, Jerry, Doyle and wife, Sandy, all of Auxvasse, Missouri and Steve and wife, JoAnn, Fulton, Missouri; five sisters, Norma Arehart, Issaquah, Washington, Hazel Martin, O’Fallon, Missouri, Jobina Bridges and husband, Walter, Montgomery City, Missouri, Mabel Selph, O’Fallon, Missouri and Eva Garner, Auxvasse, Missouri; five brothers in-law, Bob Mischnick, Fulton, Missouri, Leon Garner, Dresden, Tennessee, Herb Gan, Haywood, California, Richard Flechsig, Atlanta, Georgia and Dean Click, wife, Rose, Conway, Arkansas; three sisters in-law, Katie Wilkerson, Wright City, Missouri, Anita Gan, Fremont, California and Juanita Flechsig, State of North Carolina; many special nieces and nephews; and good friends David Welch and Boyd Hodges.
He is preceded in death by his infant son, Matthew Timothy, his parents, two sisters, Patricia Mischnick and Wanda Garner, two brothers, Kermit and Jeff Wilkerson, three brothers-in-law Fred Arehart, W.J. Selph, and Glen Martin, two nieces and one nephew.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Pottersville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project or ProLife Across America, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.