Celebrating the life of Kermit E. Wilkerson
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Kermit graduated from Russell Grove High School (RGHS) in 1968 where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He learned from an early age from his parents the benefits of hard work. His first jobs were while he was still a student at RGHS, driving the school bus and working at Buddies Supermarket. After graduating he spent time in New York working with his Uncle moving furniture before finding his permanent employment at MCV VCU Medical Center. He was employed with MCV VCU for 44 years as a warehouse Manager for Receiving and Supplies.
Kermit loved life but there was nothing he loved more than hunting and fishing. He was a founding member of St. James Hunting Club where he spent countless hours. Anyone who knew Kermit knew better than to call him during hunting season because he would be in the woods from sun up to sun down. Quoting his infamous cell phone message, ”Hello, you have reached Kermit Wilkerson’s cell phone, if you are not calling to talk about bow hunting, please hang up, because I will not use my minutes for anything other than bow hunting”. He was a very skilled hunter and fisherman with a room dedicated to his numerous trophies that displayed his skilled gamesmanship. He was also an avid collector of many things. Just to name a few, he collected automobiles, guns, old currency, baseball cards, and stamps. Anyone who knew Kermit well also knew that he loved to joke and laugh. There was never a dull moment whenever he was around. Kermit took pride in how he dressed and aimed at looking sharp. He especially knew he was sharp when he had on his Kango and Stacy Adams. He loved his money but you knew he loved you more if you got your birthday and Christmas envelope.
Kermit was preceded in death by one son, Andre El, twin sisters, Sherlene and Pearlene and brother Garry. He leaves to cherish fond memories five devoted children, Kim Wise (Kenneth) and Valarie Harris (Gregory) both of Amelia, VA, Kermit Wilkerson, Jr. (LaTosha) of Henrico, VA, Tiearrow Parrish of Crewe, VA and Brandi Bowyer of Richmond, VA; four dedicated brothers: Gerard (Joyce) of Chesterfield VA, Glen (Debra) and Kenneth (Kim) both of Amelia, VA and Michael (Shirley) of Williamsport, MD; two loving sisters Alnette Mayfield (James) of Richmond, VA and LaTaisha Owens (Cody) of Jetersville, VA; one sister-in-law: Diane Wilkerson of Chesterfield, VA; 8 grandchildren; Sean Dillard, Kenston Wise, Kameron Harris, Kayla Harris, Gregory Harris, Jr, Kendall Wilkerson, Keira Wilkerson, and Jaden El. Two aunts: Ida Scott of Jetersville, VA and Maxine Coleman (Harry) of Richmond, VA; Special friends Abdo Babick, Robert Stewart and the members of the St. James Hunting Club; God sent caretakers, Shirley Chalkley, Bertie Evans, Donnetta Davis, Ashley Aviles and the Hospice of Virginia Nurses; the mother of his children Betty Wilkerson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Viewing Friday, April 1, 2022 from 1 to 7PM. Graveside Service Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 12:00 Noon at Good Hope Batpist Church, 6200 Buckskin Creek Rd., Jetersville, VA 23083.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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