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James Horner Wilkerson


James Horner Wilkerson, “Big Jim”, 82, of Granville County passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Granville Medical Center.

Jim was born December 8, 1938 in Stovall, North Carolina to the late Robert and Marie Wilkerson. In 1966 he married the love of his life, the late Andrea Dillehay Wilkerson. He attended Stovall Methodist church and above all he was a devoted friend to many and a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his children: Derek Wilkerson and wife Kristian of Townsville and Jodie Perret-Gentil and husband Martin of Wake Forest; 3 grandchildren: Ashton and Olie Perret-Gentil of Wake Forest and Braxton Wilkerson of Townsville and his sister Rachel Parham and her husband Randolph of Oxford.

Due to Covid-19 related health restrictions, a private family service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association.


  • Ossie Smith Posted December 20, 2020 11:57 pm

    Derek and Jodi , I was saddened to hear of Big Jim’s death. He will be missed by a lot people. I pray for all his family.

  • Rev. Steven Hargrove Posted December 21, 2020 1:16 am

    Derek, please accept my condolences. We will keep your family in our prayers.

  • Ray Jones Posted December 21, 2020 3:01 pm

    Condolences to you and your family. Jim was a great friend. I will for sure miss our talks, breakfasts, and trips to the “Slopes”. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all.

  • Melvin & Dot Adcock Posted December 21, 2020 7:06 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Jim. We loved him and Andrea. Our prayers of with all of you.

  • Ben Currin Posted December 21, 2020 9:10 pm

    I first met Jim at Thorndale Country Club, when I was 12 years old. I remember his soft spoken ways, and his kindness! Thoughts & prayers to the family & his friends!!!!!

  • billy grissom Posted December 22, 2020 1:49 am

    prayers to big jims family…sorry to hear of his passing

    • Marilyn Willians Is Glowa Posted December 30, 2020 3:02 am

      I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing; I didn’t know until I saw Gabe’s post of his picture with Van. I valued the friendship had with your mom & dad and am so sorry to hear you have lost him. I have fine memories of our Christmas Eve visits with your family.

  • Karen Powell Posted December 22, 2020 2:20 pm

    Jodie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father. I know from our many conversations that he was a special man and loved greatly. I pray that you all find some peace and comfort in the wonderful memories that you have.
    Karen Powell

  • Kathy Boyd Posted December 23, 2020 1:05 am

    Derek and Jodie, ou
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I had a lot of great times with “Big Jim” and Andrea back in the day. I’ll keep you in my prayers as you come to terms with your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you as you try to come to terms with your loss. Thinking of you.

  • Wanda Gill Posted December 23, 2020 6:44 pm

    I’m so sorry I’m going to miss cleaning for him . And his smile he always had a smile on his face when we were cleaning.

  • Becky Cheatham Posted December 26, 2020 12:28 am

    Derrick & Jodi,
    Was saddened to read of Big Jim’s passing. My prayers for comfort are with you both. He will be missed!

  • ernie averett Posted December 26, 2020 7:40 pm

    Fine man. Came out to my farm on many occasions to help repair equipment. We need more like him.

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