Kathryn Sweatt Wilkinson, 88, died April 15, 2013. She was born in Okeechobee and was a lifelong resident. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir since she was 14 years old. She also was a member of the Community Choir. She attended, taught in and retired from the Okeechobee County School System. She was elected as Okeechobee County Teacher of the Year in 1976-77. She was the first to have perfect attendance for all 12 years of school. She attended the University of Florida and graduated cum laude. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Rahl Wilkinson; daughter, Beth Lehman; brother, Lawrence Sweatt; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Wilkinson; brother, G.L. Sweatt; and sister, Alvyna Phillips. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kathy Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Okeechobee Educational Foundation, 700 S.W. 2nd Ave., Okeechobee FL 34974. Services: A gathering will be at 11 a.m. April 20 until services at noon at the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee. A guest book is available at www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com.
Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 17, 2013