OBITUARY: Johnny Lee Wilkerson


Johnny Lee Wilkerson, age 83 of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at the age of 83 years.

He was born September 23, 1938, in Smith County TN. Johnny loved his family with his whole heart; he was the eldest son of the late Daniel Seay Wilkerson and Ona Mai Walden Wilkerson. Johnny was a loving son, brother, husband, father, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, and uncle.

He is survived by his daughters: Jackie Slayton; Jamie Bennett; Penny (Glenn) Wright; grandchildren: Tony ‘Lee’ (Angela) Wilkerson, Jr., Jill Nicole Wilkerson, Jonathan Ashley Slayton, James Aaron Slayton, Kendall (Monique) Slayton, Jeremy Bennett, Jordan Bennett, Brittany Leann Johnson, Cassandra Wright, Kati Holliday, Lori (Heath) Watkins; and great-grandchildren: Alyssa Yvonne Wilkerson, Adam Daniel Wilkerson, Kyah Nicole Campbell, Alexander Slayton, Gabriel Slayton, Kinsley Slayton, Harlynn Slayton, Christian Campbell, and Devin Campbell; brother, Walter (Shirley) Wilkerson; sisters, Brenda (Geary) Smith, Kathy (Joe) Sheppard and Sandra (Terry) Duke; along with a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, as well as an abundance of loving friends and family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers; Bobby, Frank, and David Wilkerson; a sister, Sharon Lawson, a loving wife: Barbara Ann Willis Wilkerson, a son: Tony Lee Wilkerson, Sr.; grandsons: Zachary Ryan Johnson, Landon Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Wright Jr.; granddaughters: Amy Yvonne Wilkerson and Angela Dawn Wilkerson; and great-grandson: Austin Peyton Wilkerson.

Johnny always loved the holidays when he could cook a big meal and sit around his table with his family and laugh and cut up, He loved talking about as he would call it, “The Good ole days” He loved gardening and loved a good tomato from his garden!

He made so many friends along his life’s journey and never met a stranger, Johnny loved to sit out in his swing and chat with friends or family that stopped by. His father taught him carpentry and Johnny formed a company that he named Wilkerson & Son Contractor, where he and his son Tony would work together building houses, he put great pride and joy in his gardening and carpentry work.

Johnny loved the Lord and he was baptized by his nephew, Tommy Willis, on September 18, 2016.

A memorial service to celebrate Johnny’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. till service time on Sunday.


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