US Air Force


Chief Master Sgt.Leroy Wilkerson, USAF,Retired

November 25, 1934 ~ October 20, 2018 (age 83)

Chief MSGT. Robert Leroy Wilkerson,USAF, Retired, age 83 of Panama City, Florida died Saturday, October 20, 2018.  Leroy was born November 25, 1934 in Gaston County and was raised in Alexander Mills.  He was a son of the late Millard "Sooner" Wilkerson and Lillian Estelle McFarland Wilkerson. 

Leroy was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and served for thirty years in the United States Air Force where he retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.  He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.  As a member of First Baptist Church of Southport he loved and supported his church serving as a deacon. 

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Virginia Sims Wilkerson, daughters, Regina Smith, Ginger Provost, and Robin Bush as well as two sisters, Annette Marks and Donnis Connor.

Survivors include two sons, Andy Smith and Tim Smith, a brother, Wylie Wilkerson , two sisters, Joyce Owens and Visita Martin.  There are also 9 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm, Friday, November 2, 2018, in the Bethany Baptist Church with Reverend Matthew Johnson and Reverend Rick Blackerby officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Rutherfordton.  Visitation will follow the committal service in the cemetery. The Padgett & King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at

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