Gordon Wilkison
1930 - 2013
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Gordon Wilkison The Lord called Gordon Wilkison home Wednesday evening the 30th of January at the age of 82. Those who love him know he is celebrating now, with the love of his life, wife Scottie, who died over a year ago. Gordon's footsteps are not easily replaced. In the early days of Austin television, he was one of a handful of people who pioneered into the new media, capturing pictures that would eventually end up in film archives. He covered the presidential campaign of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He also risked his life to shoot the film that so often reminds us, a sniper climbed the U.T. tower and took lives. Search "Gordon Wilkison" at http://www.texasarchive.org. Gordon was among a few called by the Johnson family to help them process and edit film for the world to see and learn who Lyndon Johnson was, a day after a sniper killed President Kennedy. Under the LBJ Corporation, he was General Manager of Photo Processors, which later became independent as Cinetex Film Labs. "Wilk" as he was known to his T.V. friends, processed all kinds of film, but most notably he shot, edited and processed game film for UT football for nearly 30 years. Gordon was generous with his time and support. In the 1970's when Zachary Scott Theater was about to close its doors, fellow board members credit him with helping create a guild that would sustain ongoing donations for the theater. Friends also say as Chairman of the Board at Zachary Scott he practically fed every starving actor, with dinner at the Night Hawk. Gordon and Scottie's cast and after parties were legendary as well. He was a member of the Paramount Theater Board from the early days of its restoration to the mid 2000's. In that time, the theater grew in popularity to become the stage it is today, and to see actors paid scale wages for their work. Upon his retirement, the marquee read: "Thank you Gordon Wilkison". Those who love him too, thank him for the laughter he gave us and the kindness he spread. His sayings were one of a kind, and in many ways, so was he. Gordon is survived by his children, Garry Wilkison and wife Angie; Karen Batson and husband Mark; two grandchildren: Graham Wilkison and Ciara Wilkison; two sisters: Zella Shugart and Margaret Stewart and husband Doug; and many nephews who loved him. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Scottie; daughter, Janis; and father and mother Herbert M. and Hallie Mae Wilkison. Visitation is Friday, February 8th, from 6 to 8 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9th, at 5 pm, also at All Saints Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Paramount Theater, or All Saint's Episcopal Church, Austin, Rectory's Discretionary Fund. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com





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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2013.
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February 8, 2013
Gordon and Scotty were long time friends to the Pryor family. I remember them attending many family gatherings at my dad, Cactus's house and lighting up the room with their personality. What a sweet, wonderful man. He will be missed.
Kerry Pryor Guthrie
February 6, 2013
Our prayers are with you Karen and your family. I know your mom was so happy to see your father!
Michelle Cromer
February 6, 2013
Goodbye Mr. Wilkinson. I only knew you through Scotty, but I'd like to thank you both for being so kind and gracious to me so many years ago...its folks like you make Austin special to me.
Terry Evans
February 5, 2013
Gordon was a great friend to many and did so much for the Paramount Theatre. He will be missed, but always very appreciated. Much love to the family during this hard time.
Maica Jordan
February 4, 2013
Our sincere condolences...
Gina and Steve (Roberts)Kovar
February 4, 2013
In sorrow, we mourn those lost. In gratitude, we embrace those around us. In sympathy, we reach out to those who grieve.
Brian Blake
February 4, 2013
RIP Gordon, I know that Scottie is happy to see you again and you her.
February 4, 2013
Karen, I dearly loved your Mom and Dad
john jackson
February 4, 2013
Garry & Angie,

Our condolences to you and the rest of your family. Your father led a remarkable life and will be sorely missed.

Chip & Nancy Harris
Chip & Nancy Harris
February 3, 2013
Garry,

Terry and I are saddened to hear of your father's passing. We will be thinking of you and Angie and hope you both find comfort in knowing what a great man he was and how much he positively affected other people's lives.

Ronnie and Terry Woods
Ronnie Woods
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