Tom serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors as co-chair for its State Civil Litigation Section, in addition to serving on its Rules and Procedure Committee and regularly speaking on civil litigation and professional responsibility issues.
He is survived by his wife Susan Wilkerson of Gonzales; one son Brian Jefferson Wilkerson; and two daughters Wendi Lea and Camille Rae.
Early Life and Education
Tom Wilkerson began his musical career by serving as a drummer in Nashville and touring with artists such as Marty Robbins and Tom T. Hall – before serving in the Army for two years.
Wilkerson was raised in the Canadian District of the Cherokee Nation and attended Tahlequah Male Seminary – a national school – as a youth. Later he took up general farming and now owns an expansive tract near Bartlesville with 17 producing oil wells that pay out royalties of over $8000 per well!
Wilkerson has dedicated much of his life to community involvement and cultural connection. As part of the civil rights movement – marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – as well as serving on Franklin & Marshall College trustee boards, Wilkerson has shown great dedication.
Tom Wilkerson was an accomplished musician who contributed greatly to Nashville s music scene. Additionally, he was an ardent husband, father, and friend to those closest to him.
He graduated from McAdory High School in Bessemer, Alabama and Columbia Southern University respectively, as well as multiple leadership courses including Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Small Group Leader Instructor Course and the United States Army Sergeant Major Course.
He was actively engaged with multiple community, business and professional organizations serving as president or chairman. Additionally, he is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association with extensive experience handling complex insurance coverage and attorney professional liability cases as well as teaching civil litigation and professional responsibility topics to various audiences.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Wilkerson has earned many honors and distinctions throughout his career. He portrayed Benjamin Franklin for the HBO miniseries John Adams. Furthermore, Thomas played Friedrich Fromm in Valkyrie.
He is internationally acclaimed in using lasers for remote sensing of atmospheric constituents – known as light detection and ranging (LIDAR). His work has led to significant advances in science and technology that have had global impacts.
Thomas has also maintained an active involvement in business and community organizations outside his professional endeavors, serving as chair or president for various groups in Charleston and West Virginia such as Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley and Charleston General Agents and Managers Association – while providing charitable donations for several worthy causes.
Tom delighted in spending time with his family, attending auctions, and staying informed on current affairs. He was a life member of both VFW and Auxvasse City Council as well as serving on Shenandoah Conservatory’s performing arts camp board of directors.
He and his wife resided in West Plains, where they owned and operated Tom’s Barber Shop, the Two-Way Cafe, an antique shop and served on various boards within the community – such as Meals on Wheels.
Wilkerson has written several books that depict American racial hierarchy as a caste system, including Warmth of Other Suns and Caste, for which she interviewed more than 1,000 individuals for these works.
Gary Wilkerson is an American lead pastor of Colorado Springs’ Springs Church and President of World Challenge – which was founded by his father. Additionally, Gary works closely with children in Kanawha County providing them with dental supplies, and has a passion for helping those in need.
His areas of research interest include 19th century French literature, literary history and the relationship between ideology and cultural identity in France. As an accomplished author and scholar he has contributed articles for publications like 19th-Century French Studies and George Sand Studies journals.
Wilkerson enjoys spending time with his family, playing baseball and football, watching Western TV series and movies and visiting the beach. He is an ardent supporter of Georgia University and thoroughly enjoys their campus tours.