James Arthur Wilkerson

— James “Jim” Arthur Wilkerson, 80, of Muskogee, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Jim was born December 15, 1930 in Olney, Illinois to Arthur Jewell and Mary Ethel (Brooks) Wilkerson. He married Naomi June “Pat” Henderson on June 2, 1954 in Kileen, Texas. In 1961, Jim moved to Muskogee from Illinois after a tour of duty in the United States Army.  He owned and operated Jim’s Loader Service where he spent most of his life working as a heavy equipment operator.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Billy; one sister, Delores; and his wife, Pat “Angel” Henderson.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Elaine Lackey and husband Alan of Muskogee; Karen Dallis and husband Randy of Muskogee; grandchildren, Laura Ciampa and Eric of Key Largo, Florida,  Leigh Combs and Doug, of Muskogee,  Crystal and Samantha Dallis “His Angels” of Muskogee; great grandchild, Jacob Combs of Muskogee; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to his care givers Rachel, Jannette, and Teresa; Hometown Hospice, Tamara and Cynda; and the staff at Eastgate Village for their loving care and attention during a difficult time.

Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 14, 2011 at First Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Crow officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery with full military honors. Honorary Pallbearers are Ken Weddle, Don Younger, Don Wilson, Charlie Bowman, Jim Gibson, John Leafer and Joe Hull.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com

Obit Courtesy: muskogeephoenix.com

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