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James Wilkerson,

DREW - Reverend James Eddie Wilkerson, Sr. age 73, of Drew , MS , died on Friday November 22, 2013 at the North Sunflower County Hospital in Ruleville.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 23 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Cleveland Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 PM at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church in Cleveland , MS with burial immediately following at Delta Heights Memorial Gardens in Cleveland , MS. Rev. Percy Beach and Rev. Sephas Garrett will officiate
James was born on August 16, 1940 to Eddie and Lula Mae (Stewart) Wilkerson in Indianola. He attended Drew and Merigold schools. James married Shirley Parttridge on January 02, 1960 at the Sunflower Church of the Nazarene. He received his ministerial license in 1961. He pastored for 52 years at churches including Roundlake Nazarene Church , Davis Chapel Nazarene Church , First Church of the Nazarene in Greenville , Christian Fellowship Church , First Assembly of God, Sunflower Church of the Nazarene, and presently The Church of Faith. James was a bi-vocational pastor having also worked at Misceramic Tile, McKay Cleaners, Rogers Entomological, Fletcher Funeral Home where he sold burial insurance for many years, and the Mississippi Department of Corrections where he retired after 21 years of service in 2006. Brother James was so dedicated to the ministry he had served regular full time jobs and pastored full time for 45 of the 52 years. He continued pastoring full time after his retirement. Numerous people have been called into the ministry under his leadership. He was always willing to be there for people regardless of the time of day. He was a loving man who kept a smile on his face. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by everyone with whom he came in contact. James was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Lee Wilkerson, brothers; Edward Wilkerson and Sam Wilkerson and a sister Bonnie Wilkerson.
He is survived by wife of 54 years, Shirley P. Wilkerson of Drew , MS . Mother, Lula Mae Wilkerson of Cleveland, MS; Daughter, Debbie (Richard) Heffner of Boyle, MS; Son, James (Sarah) Wilkerson of Grenada, MS; Brother, William (Claudia) Wilkerson of Cleveland, MS; Sister, Elsie Cobb of Cabot, AR; 11 Grandchildren, Scott Heffner, John Paul Wilkerson, Chelsea Heffner, Casey Wilkerson, Patrick Wilkerson, Kyle Parttridge, Michael Heffner, Olivia Pollan, Logan Heffner, Eli Pollan and McKenzie Wilkerson.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons John Paul Wilkerson, Scott Heffner, Patrick Wilkerson, Michael Heffner, Kyle Parttridge, Taylor Oswalt and Logan Heffner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Morris, Jr. Hopkins, Jim Warner, Charles Collins, George Haydel, Mike Chamness, Bobby Allred, A C Gentry, Louis Loper and Clarence Salley.
Memorials may be made to The Church of Faith 50 Elizabeth Road Cleveland, MS 38732. Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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I miss my pawpaw so much.

casey wilkerson - February 02, 2014 at 06:29 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss... We never know when the time will come that our loved ones will leave us. It is something that you really cannot prepare for. It saddens us to see them go... .But the bible hold out promises that we can count on. Jesus said that the hour will come when all will hear his voice and stand once again.(John 5:28, 29). So please continue to look to the Lord and his words for lasting comfort.

coney - December 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

we are saddened by the news of Reverand Wilkerson,please accept our heartfelt condolences. sincerely,Billy Dykes and ROSIE RAY

billy dykes - November 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man. Will be praying for your family especially your mom.

Kristi and John Wise - November 23, 2013 at 09:00 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To all of Mr. Wilkersons family, know you're in my prayers. The only one who knows of me is sweet Melissa Earnest. I pray God wraps His loving arms around you all.Heaven has a new angel now. God Bless Nancy Kelley Kanady.

Nancy Kelley Kanady - November 23, 2013 at 04:44 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God be with you over the next few months and give your heart peace.

Delilah Brown - November 22, 2013 at 09:48 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about James..He was a wonderful friend and pastor. When my son was born, he did the dedication service. He was the 1st person I called when my husband left and he lifted my spirits...wonder person.. he will be missed...

Ruth Hill - November 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So Sorry For The Family's Loss. You Will All Be In My Thoughts And Prayers During This Time.

Kelly Warfield - November 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Uncle James.....one of my very favorite uncles and dedicated servant of our God who touched so many lives and whose influence for the Kingdom will be residual throughout all time on Earth and for all eternity.

Charlotte Winters - November 22, 2013 at 08:50 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow.

Michelle Todd - November 22, 2013 at 08:27 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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