OBITUARY: Paul Gene Wilkerson


Paul Gene Wilkerson, age 78, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2022 at The Waters of Springfield.

Mr. Wilkerson was born October 28, 1943 in Columbus, OH to the late Malcolm and Annie Lou Martin Wilkerson.

He worked for the City of Springfield in the Electric Department for over 44 years, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Woodland Street United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilkerson is preceded in death by his brothers, Albert “Jack” Wilkerson and Robert Wilkerson, his sister, Charlotte Jane Wilkerson, and his nephew, Jackie Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his special friend of more than 47 years, Linda Carter; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Donna Wilkerson; and a host of loving nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 10, 2022 at 11 am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Dr. Jason Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Jack W. Wilkerson, Joseph Traughber, Cody Wilkerson, Colton Wilkerson, Charles Wilkerson, Jr., Calvin Cothron, Mike Watts, and Glenn Mason serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the City of Springfield Electric Department, the member of the Woodland Street United Methodist Church, Mike Cobb, Jimmy Lemley, Billy Grant, Kempf Wilkerson, and Malcolm E. Wilkerson.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 12:30-4:30 pm and again on Monday from 10 am until the hour of service at 11 am.

A special thanks goes to the staff of NHC Healthcare and Caris Hospice for the love and compassion shown to Mr. Wilkerson and his family.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Woodland Street United Methodist Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.



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