Neil Wilkerson, 82, of Cave City, Ark., died April 4, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, at Grange, Ark., to John Robert and Ophelia Powell Wilkerson.
He was a Missionary Baptist minister, a trustee for the Budd Creek Baptist Camp at Greers Ferry and a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one daughter, Sarah Jane Wilkerson; seven brothers, Edgar Wilkerson, Morrison Wilkerson, Stanley Wilkerson, Taylor Wilkerson, Spurgeon Wilkerson, Woodrow Wilkerson and Barton Wilkerson; and six sisters, Effie Taylor, Maude Sullivan, Susie Deering, Elsie Montgomery, Ann Adams and Bobbie Kelly.
He is survived by: his wife, Wanda Wilkerson of the home; one son, David Wilkerson of Batesville, two daughters, Brenda Chambliss of Batesville and Leah Wright of Strawberry, two brothers, J.R. Wilkerson of Harrison and Billy S. Wilkerson of Grange, eight grandchildren, several nieces, and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held April 7 at the Wilkerson Cemetery located at Grange with Bro. Ron Canard officiating. A memorial service was held April 7 at the First Missionary Baptist Church located at Cave City with Bro. Ben Hightower officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Ben Hightower, Joey Hightower, Barton Neil Chambliss, David Barton Wilkerson, Corey Wright and Tyler Wright.
Honorary pallbearers were all his nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group and the Budd Creek Baptist Camp.