Lester Thomas Wilkinson
Whitten Timberlake Chapel
7404 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, VA

Lester Thomas Wilkinson

Lester Thomas Wilkinson, 92, of Rustburg, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. He was born Nov. 1, 1916, to Thomas Benjamin Wilkinson and Annie Dawson Wilkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Manie Reynolds Wilkinson; daughter, Melba W. Tanner, of Rustburg, daughter, Amy W. Stout and husband, Bob, of Lynchburg, and son, Ben Wilkinson and wife, Anne, of Lynchburg. Additionally, he is survived by three grandchildren, Chris Tanner and wife, Danielle, of Rustburg, Melanie Tanner and Wes Jordan, of Amherst, and Thomas Wilkinson, of Lynchburg; one great-grandchild, Nevan Jordan, of Amherst.

He was an extraordinarily gentle man with a wealth of experience and knowledge. He served in World War II as a Combat Medic in the Pacific Theatre of the United States Army and was awarded a Bronze Star along with four Bronze Service Stars.

He was a member of Rustburg Baptist Church. Retired from the state of Virginia, he was a lifelong farmer, who enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with family.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with the Rev. Christopher Weidley officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilkinson Family Cemetery in Rustburg, with military honors by the American Legion Post #16.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m., today, Oct. 26, 2009, at Whitten Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 518 Rustburg, VA 24588.

To send condolences and messages online, please go to www.whittenfuneral


Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the Wilkinson family.

Published by Lynchburg News & Advance on Oct. 26, 2009.
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Aunt Manie, Melba, Amy and Ben,
I am so sorry for the lost of a wonderful man, husband and father in Uncle Lester. I was away but I am home now and if there is anything we can do, PLEASE let us know.
With love, Gary and Sue
Gary Williams
November 3, 2009
Aunt Manie, Melba, Amy and Benji....
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Lester. God has His reasons for taking those we love...we all walk His path. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Wanda Tabor Key
Wanda Tabor Key
November 2, 2009
Amy & Bob
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family.
Red Henry
October 29, 2009
Melba, Chris, Danille, Melanie, Wes, Nevan, and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Know God loves you and so do I!
Michele Mason
October 27, 2009
Ben,Anne & Thomas,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and wish we could be there to help you at this difficult time. You and your family will be in our prayers. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this time of sorrow.

Love and Sympathy,
Tom & Cindy Booker
October 27, 2009

"With the saints, give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sighing, but life everlasting. Amen."

Peace to you and your family,
Anne Thomas Doyle
October 27, 2009
Dear Amy & Manie,

Our prayers and love go out to you at this time. Lester was one of the best men, and what a priviledge it is to have known him! God bless you and the whole family.

Much Love, The Flaggs
October 27, 2009
My thoughts are with you and your family during this hard time. I know first hand how hard it is to say goodby, lost my Mom this year too. Celebrate their life, not their death and your heart will be filled with laughter and joy instead of pain and heaviness. I will add your family to my prayers.
Ann Muse Evans
RHS '75
October 27, 2009

Am very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. 92...what a remarkable life and legacy he leaves...and the love he leaves in your hearts. Wish i could be there for you, but know you will be in my thoughts on tuesday and in days to come. Give love to your sisters and mom.
Jim Owen
October 26, 2009
Our sincere condolences to Ben and family on the loss of your father.

Jim & Mary Lemon (Farfields neighbors)
October 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Wilkinson family.May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories. Ben, Anne, if theres anything you need just let us know.
Randy, Debbie, and Cameron Byrd
Debbie Byrd
October 26, 2009
So sorry to hear about Uncle Lester. I have so many fond memories of him, especially memories of when I was just a little kid.
I pray that The Lord will wrap His loving arms around you all and give you all comfort and peace during this time.

Love you all,
Becky R. Glass
October 26, 2009
Sending our sympathy to Manie, children & grandchildren. I agree, Lester WAS a GENTLE MAN. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time.
Psalm 91:1-2: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge & my fortress, my God in who I trust."
God bless you with His love,
Edward & Sharon Austin Faulkner
Sharon Faulkner
October 26, 2009

We were very sorry to her about the lost of your father. You and your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Monty,Angela,Zach,Chase&Hailey Coleman
Angela Coleman
October 26, 2009
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

Mike and Vanessa Berry
October 26, 2009
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