John K. Wilkerson

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John Krantz Wilkerson, Age 91 died Saturday January 26, 2013 at his home in Asbury Village, Gaithersburg, MD. He had been under the watchful loving care of his wife Sheila C. Wilkerson, since he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fall in May 2011. Known to his family as TJack he was born April 13, 1921, in Roanoke, the elder son of John Krantz Wilkerson and Marian Caroline Lockard Wilkerson. He was a grandson of Robert Winston Wilkerson and "Monie" Krantz Wilkerson and of James Buchanan Lockard and Alice Gertrude Leftwich Lockard of Bedford. His brother Thomas Leftwich Wilkerson preceded him in death. He is survived by his Wife Sheila: a nephew Thomas Leftwich Wilkerson, a grandniece Lisa Ann Wilkerson and a grandnephew John Thomas Wilkerson, as well as a sister-in-law Lois Russell Wilkerson. He is also survived by numerous cousins including Belle Garraghty Harrell,(Lem); Janie Garraghty Jordan; James Howard Garraghty Jr, (Kathy); Page Wilkerson (Kathleen); Lois Wilkerson Abbott (Kenneth); Elizabeth Mitchell Arthur; Robert I. Wilkerson (Addeline) S Mack Wilkerson (Doris); Carolyn Lockard McMaster, (Larry) J. Palmer Lockard,(Leslie); and Mary Winston Jones Lata (Alfred.) A Veteran of WW11, he served with SHAEF headquarters in London, England; Reims, France where he saw the signing of the German surrender and in Berlin, Germany. He earned his Phi Beta Kappa key from George Washington University, Washington D.C and received his Master's Degree from The University of Virginia. After teaching English for several years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Roanoke, he went to work for the U.S Department of the Navy directing educational programs for civilian employees. In retirement he enjoyed participating in an Internet Grammar site where he helped internationals with understanding and use of the English Language. A colleague there has said....Jack was respected and loved by many from around the world for his answers to their questions, his gentle ways, his intelligence and sense of humor. He traveled widely with his wife visiting much of the World. At a later date his cremains will be placed in the William Lockett Wilkerson hereditary family cemetery, know as the Mountain Cemetery on Wheats Valley Road, Bedford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Asbury Foundation Benevolent Fund, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877.
Published in Bedford Bulletin from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013