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Wilkerson, Henry J. (1900-1983) [Son of Henry Wilkerson and Katie Alfredia Knopp] [Husband of Virgie Belle Kayser]

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Wilkerson, Henry J. (1900-1983) [Son of Henry Wilkerson and Katie Alfredia Knopp] [Husband of Virgie Belle Kayser]

Posted: 5 Oct 2011 1:22PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Wilkerson Kayser
Transcribed from The Victoria Advocate (a newspaper published in Victoria County, Texas) dated Wednesday, the 2nd of March of 1983

HENRY J. WILKERSON

Advocate News Services

YOAKUM -- Funeral services for Henry J. Wilkerson, 82, who died Monday at his home here, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. Howard McAllister will officiate. Burial will be in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 24, 1900 in Cuero and was a longtime resident of Yoakum.

He retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1970 after 48 years of employment.

An officer of the Yoakum Masonic Lodge, No. 662, AF&AM, he was awarded a 50-years Masonic pin in 1977.

He also was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife Virgie Wilkerson of Yoakum; and three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Sneigr and Mrs. Eunice Harding, both of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Ann Schirmer of Killeen.

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HENRY J. WILKERSON son of Henry Wilkerson and Katie Alfredia Louisa Knopp

Born the 24th of August of 1900 in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas
Died the 28th of February of 1983 in Yoakum, Lavaca County, Texas

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Transcribed from The Cuero Daily Record (a newspaper published in DeWitt County, Texas), Volume 13, No. 30, dated Friday evening, the 24th of August of 1900

A BABY BOY

A fine baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilkerson last night. The father was in Houston, but came home on his run this evening. At Roseburg he received the news and right there he wanted to quit the train and come on ahead on foot. He was certain he could beat it.

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Transcribed from The Victoria Advocate (a newspaper published in Victoria County, Texas) dated the 5th of February of 1971

48 YEARS

YOAKUM MAN HONORED FOR RAILROAD SERVICE

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM --- H. J. Wilkerson, 214 Clark St. has retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after completing 48 years of service. His final train run as a brakeman was made Jan. 31 from Yoakum to Cuero with a crew of Coy Ponish, engineer, Victoria; Floyd Kilgore, conductor, Victoria; and L. H. Taylor, brakeman, Yoakum.

After Wilkerson's final run he was honored by SP employees with a get-together at the depot in Cuero. J. K. Jacobs, Victoria, presented him with an appreciation plaque for his 48 years of "loyal and injury-free service." He also received other gifts.

The retiree began his career on Nov. 10, 1922, as a brakeman in Victoria making his first trip to Port Lavaca on a passenger and freight train. He is the only surviving member of that crew which included Engineer Henry Sanders, Fireman Bill Dietz, Conductor Denny Carpenter and Brakeman Louis Chaddock and Ted Howard.

During World War II he worked as a conductor and later he passed up the conductor's rights to hold a regular run out of Yoakum as a brakeman. When the Eagle Lake train was pulled off he worked on the Kenedy run until surgery forced him to work on a passenger train from San Antonio to Houston. He came back to Yoakum later and completed the remainder of his employment on the Kenedy run.

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