Ernest Wilkinson Jr., age 95, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday evening, October 30, 2018. He was the fifth child, of ten children, born to the union of Ernest Wilkinson Sr. and Harriett Burrell August 26, 1923, in Salado TX. Very soon after his birth, he was affectionately called “Red” by his beloved Aunt Ada Wilkinson, hence the nickname “Red”.
Red accepted Christ at a early age. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Belton TX. for many years. He served as superintendent of the Sunday school, usher and choir member. He later became a member of Grace Baptist Church, Salado, TX. and was an active member until his health began to decline.
Red was a 1943 graduate of Thomas B. Harris High School in Belton, TX. He served in the U.S. Navy during and after World War II.
He was united in holy matrimony to LaVerne Newman on November 25, 1952. Red and LaVerne built their home in Salado where he farmed, gardened and raised cattle. His favorite pass times were to tell jokes, stories, barbeque; he also liked to be the “BOSS”.
The memory of his “influential” personality and mannerisms will forever be cherished in the hearts of his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his beloved wife of 65 years, Laverne Wilkinson, son Ernest L. Wilkinson III (Kathy) Grand Prairie TX. daughter Linda Sue Wilkinson Seawood (Oliver) Salado TX. daughter, Pamela Reese (Darryl) Mansfield, TX., James Kitchen (Portia) DeSoto, TX. Karen Franklin (Carl) Chandler, AZ. and Sonya Anderson (Kenneth) Universal City, TX. His grandchildren Nathan Seawood (Landon) DeSoto TX. and Nicholas Seawood, Ft. Worth TX. Step-grandchildren Lajuan Nash, Michelle Nash, Tiffany Nash and Dalen Nash all of Arlington TX. One great grandchild Jaxon Seawood, DeSoto TX. He also leaves to cherish two sisters Ernestine Avery Belton, TX. Mable Jo Butler Riverside, CA. and a host of nieces and nephews.
The Wilkinson family would like to express our sincere appreciation for your prayers, words of encouragement, visits, phone calls and all other expressions of love. The support and sympathy shown during our time of bereavement is greatly treasured.
The Wilkinson Family