Julius Wilkerson
1941 - 2021
BORN
1941
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Rhodes Funeral Home - Washington Avenue
3933 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA
Julius Wilkerson, Founder and Executive Director of the Velocity Foundation, was born to the late Julius Wilkerson Sr. and Ceola Butler Wilkerson on March 8, 1941 in New Orleans, LA. Julius, affectionately known to his family and friends as June and/or Moon, attended and graduated from Walter L Cohen High School in the late 1950s where he met and married MaryBelle Bergeron and fathered two children, Yvette Wilkerson-Rivarde and the late Dwayne Anthony Wilkerson. He also fathered Darnell Wilkerson Lee, Eboni Magee and Kaleb Wilkerson. In 1979, Julius married the late Bettye Harrell Wilkerson and from this union was born Julius Allen Wilkerson in 1984. Julius earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Mercer University in June 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from college, he worked alongside Bing Carter in the Oscar Carter Drug Rehabilitation Program in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Following that, he created and developed the "Drug Free Zone" program. Wilkerson gained national recognition for this creation and implementation with the concept of the anonymous telephone Hotline #number#. Moon had presence throughout the City of New Orleans and the national philanthropic communities with the inception of his beloved Velocity Foundation, Inc. in 1988. Julius was a life long member of Historic Second Baptist Church, a member of its Pastor's Anniversary Committee as well as being a deacon of the church. He also stepped with the notorious New Orleans Young Men Olympians. A few more attributes of the legacies Mr. Wilkerson leaves behind is his advocacy for youth and families detouring the cycle of violence in non-traditional settings, outstanding substance abuse interventionist & educator, a guru of community mobility and creator of programmatic curriculums that saved lives near and far. Julius also authored "Yes We Can Save Our Children,' a book based around violence prevention and substance abuse programs. Julius "Moon" Wilkerson additionally worked alongside his childhood friend and promoter, Don C Hubbard as well as the world-renowned Mackie Shilstone, trainer and nutritionist for the former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Michael Spinks. Julius Wilkerson is preceded in death by his parents, Julius Wilkerson Sr. and Ceola Butler Wilkerson, his brother, Morris Wilkerson, his eldest son, Dwayne Anthony Wilkerson, and his wife, Bettye Joyce Harrell Wilkerson. He leaves to mourn his legacy, his sister, Sandra Jewel Wilkerson, daughters, Yvette Wilkerson-Rivarde & Eboni Magee, sons, Darnell Wilkerson Lee, Julius Allen Wilkerson and Kaleb Wilkerson, grandchildren Joy, Jill, Jade & Janee', Tonia (Larry), Dwayne, Crystal (Edward), Martrell, Dwana (Ian Sr) & Marion, Donisha, Donnie Sr, Donreion, Darnell Jr & Danyell, Synai, Terrance & Elija and Kaleb Jr. Great-grandchildren Jai, Quency, Ajia, Jace, Zya, Yiren, Romi, Rori & Reign, Rashaad, Aniya, Myranda, Alton III, Avery, Ian Jr, Ashton, Liam, & Evan, Ronald, Romalis, Donnie Jr, Dontae, Dewayne, Desmond and Davaya, godchildren, Anatasia Jones, Mack Terrance, devoted friends Don C Hubbard, Walter Ross, Marilyn Ross-Butler & Jeanne Washington and his loving dog Seigel along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Historic 2nd Baptist Church, 2505 Marengo Street on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 am. Visitation will begin at 8:00 am. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Avenue. Please visit www.rhodesfuneral.com to sign the guestbook.



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Published by The Times-Picayune from Jul. 21 to Jul. 24, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
24
Visitation
8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Historic 2nd Baptist Church
2505 Marengo Street, LA
Jul
24
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10:00a.m.
Historic 2nd Baptist Church
2505 Marengo Street, LA
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Moon was my big brother and body guard during my time as a student at Southern University, whenever I visited New Orleans.He did a good job for this girl from Texas. Will always cherish the memories we shared. I would always end our conversation with "I love you to the Moon and back ". So sorry Little Julius, I was unable to say my final bye. I´m praying for you and the family.
Janetta Gilliam
Friend
July 27, 2021
"Absence from the body, present with the Lord." God got you!
Dianne Morgan
Other
July 24, 2021
Sorry Lil Ju I couldn't be there but my prayers for strength are with you and your family
Cynthia M Thompson
July 24, 2021
To my loving family members I offer my heart felt condolences. Mr. Julius was near and dear to the hearts of many including my daughter whom also calls him her Pawpaw. Many hearts are empty as we mourn but the thoughts of him and the memories will fill our hearts with many happy memories. To Yvette and the girls I say....find and hold on to the joy. I love you all.
Lona Lax
Family
July 24, 2021
My Deep Condolences to Family and Friends. Worked together over forty years ago at O.E. Carter Memorial. Rest in Heaven and in Peace Brother.
LOWELL V TAYLOR
Work
July 24, 2021
Deep sympty to Moon Family and Friends. Will miss my classmate and friend.
Charles H Brown
Friend
July 24, 2021
Condolences to the family.
Mel Walker - DNRC
Other
July 23, 2021
It was about a month ago I called and spoke to Moon. I was led to tell him that life is short and old friends should get together. He agreed and said, "I don´t get out much because of the virus". He was the same kind person I have known for many years. We ended our conversation with I LOVE YOU. I responded with the same. Little did I know that it would be the last time I would talk with him. Moon touched many lives on this earth. God used him to help others. Now he is resting in the arms of Jesus. I will remember the family in prayer.
Emma Paul
Friend
July 23, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.Sorry for your loss Praying for the Wilkerson Family.
Peggy Small & Family
July 23, 2021
Our sympathy and condolences go out to the family! We will keep y'all in our prayer!
Wayne Cola and Family
July 23, 2021
Moon and I enjoyed a friendship that spanned more than 40 years and I don´t recall one time having a single Major augment with him in all of these years. When I say Moon was a friend, I don´t use the term loosely. I mean it literally and I will miss him and all the good times we shared together.
Walter Ross
July 23, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Rosemary Garcia- Sanders- Jefferson
Other
July 23, 2021
To Sandra and family. We are terribly to see that your dear brother Julius has passed. Our condolences and blessings to you. May he Rest In Peace.
Diane and Perry Tillman
Friend
July 22, 2021
My Condolences to Beverly and her family. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal! May the Lord Comfort this family in the time of sorrow!
Maxine S. Harrington
Other
July 22, 2021
Uncle (moon) you left too soon but "GOD" has the last word. I will never forget the wisdom you shared the simple words to heal my pain, you cannot Miss What You Never Had. Thank You So Much! Rest In Peace! Well Done.
antoine hubbard sr
Family
July 22, 2021
Condolences to The Entire Wilkerson Family. Moon grew up alongside my family uptown and became just like family. He was very skilled in boxing as well intellectually, and proved just because you´re intelligent, it does not mean you´re timid. He is legendary uptown for taking on bullies in the defense of others! My family respected him highly! To his beautiful wife and kids, we´ll miss his talents! He contributed so much to so many! Farewell My Friend... Harold "Hal" Green
Harold "Hal" Green
Friend
July 22, 2021
You will be sorely missed my good friend and mentor rest in peace you were great to all the people you came in contact with!!!!
chris harris
July 21, 2021
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