Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, in the Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Bessie Lou Turner Carder Wilkie, age 81, of Cleveland. The Rev. Willard Fuller and the Rev. Mike Grizzle will officiate. Interment will follow in New Liberty Cemetery in Cleveland, Ga. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Wilkie passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wilkie was born in White County to the late Hubert Turner and Fannie Mae Abertson Turner. She had worked for General Motors
Corp. She was a member of the United Auto Workers and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her son, Rickey Carder.
Survivors include husband, Bill Wilkie, Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry F. and Brenda Carder, Gainesville, and David and Debbie Carder, Cleveland; daughter, Martha Murphy, Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Tony Smallwood, St. Augustine, Fla.; stepdaughter, Barbara Ann Worley, Jasper, Ga.; sisters, Lela Norrell, Gainesville, and Lena Mae Abernathy, Gainesville; brothers, Stanley Turner, Gainesville, and Junior Turner, Gainesville; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Condolences may be made at wardsfh.com.