George E. Gilkerson

George E. Gilkerson LUBBOCK-George E. Gilkerson, a citizen of Lubbock for 50 years, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 5, 2013, and went to be with the Lord. Louise, his wife of 70 years, was by his side. George devoted his life to his Christian faith, loving family, the citizens of Lubbock, and the Texas legal community. George Edwin Gilkerson was born on March 17, 1924, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to George William and Elsie (Miller) Gilkerson. After graduating from Forest High School in Dallas, Texas, and attending Texas A&M University for one semester, he married Louise Dulworth and joined the Army, serving in India during WWII. Following his military service, they moved to Lubbock, where they attended Texas Tech University, then to Austin, where he received his law degree at University of Texas. In law school he was given an award for best work in the first two years, served as president of the student body, and was recognized as the outstanding member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. After graduation he joined the FBI as a special agent. He followed his FBI service as county attorney then District Attorney of Lubbock, Texas. After public service he was Vice President of Citizens National Bank Trust Department in Lubbock, and from 1963 to the present, he practiced law in Lubbock, Texas. He served as President and founder of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and chairman of the Criminal Law and Procedure Section of the State Bar. He served as Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech Law School, and Trustee of Oldham Trust, which is responsible for The Sherick Memorial Home, a home for retired, senior ladies in Lubbock. He was the founding board member of the Lubbock International Cultural Center and a seven-term director and member of the Rotary Club, where he had 50 years of perfect attendance and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor in the Rotary Club. He was president of the American Cancer Society and of the YMCA, and was chosen Lubbock Senior Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church for many years, where he took particular pleasure ministering to the high school boys' class. He was a loving husband and father, a meticulous and selfless professional-a titan to those who knew him. He will be missed dearly by his wife, Louise, his two sons and their wives, Ernie and Victoria Gilkerson of Midland, and Greg and Pam Gilkerson of Temple; six grandchildren and spouses, Sheridan and John Thompson of Austin, Anna and Jason Lattin of Alaska, Holly and Nathan Lawrence of Dallas, Ellen and Justin Brisco of The Woodlands, Graham Gilkerson of Austin, and Clay Gilkerson of Denver, Colo.; and eleven great-grandchildren, John III, Boone and Charlie Worth Thompson, Nathan, Noelle, Esther and Joshua Lattin, Beckett and Mattie Lawrence, and Elizabeth and Martha Brisco. On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, a graveside service will be held in City of Lubbock Cemetery at 11 a.m., and a memorial service at Second Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. Family visitation will be held at Second Baptist Church following the memorial service. Memorials should be directed to Sherick Memorial Home, 2502 Utica Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79407; or George E. Gilkerson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech School of Law, 1802 Hartford, Lubbock, TX 79409; or Second Baptist Church of Lubbock Memorial Fund, 6109 Chicago Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79424. To send your words of encouragement to Louise and family visit www.memorialdesigners.net.


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013