Dorothy Mae Gillum Wilkerson
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Dorothy Mae Gillum Wilkerson
  • May 23, 1925 - August 31, 2017
  • West Point, Virginia

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WILKERSON, Dorothy G. of West Point, formerly of Mechanicsville, was called home to Our Lord on August 31, 2017. Dorothy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 23, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wilkerson, Sr. and daughter Paige Hogge.

After graduating from Broad Ripple High School in Indiana, she went to work for Indiana Bell Telephone Company, where she was asked to relocate to Virginia Bell Telephone Company. At the age 19, as a single lady, she jumped on a bus and relocated to Virginia where she later met her beloved Charles.

On December 12, 1972, Dorothy raised the charter for the Auxiliary to VFW Battlefield Post 9808 with 16 members and 46 years later, the Auxiliary is nearly 200 members strong. Ever at her husband's side, together they shaped the VFW Battlefield Post 9808. Additionally, she served as a leader for the Girl Scouts of America.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Bennie Wilkerson (Lisa) and Cheryl Selden (Jeff); grandchildren, Shawn Taylor (Avis), Stephanie Merino (Carlos), Ashley Adams (Austin), John Selden (Tina) and Kyle Wilkerson; great-grandchildren, Claire Selden, Grace Merino, Sebastian (Skippy) Selden and Nicholas Selden. Her family wishes to thank all her wonderful caregivers for their loving care.

The family will receive visitors from 3-3:45 p.m., Monday, September 4, at Woody Funeral Home-Atlee Chapel, 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, Va. 23116, with a Celebration of her Life at 4 p.m. (refreshments provided by friends Post/Auxiliary 9808 to follow). A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia County, Virginia, 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House, VA 23002.