1911 ~ 2004
Benjamin Workman Wilkerson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 in Orem, Utah.
He was born July 8, 1911 in Lovell, Wyoming to Joseph Benjamin Wilkerson and Esther Rebecca Workman
At 19 years of age Benjamin joined the United States Marine Corps. He served four years in the Marines, 34
months in Shanghai, China during the Sino-Japanese conflict. In May of 1937 he entered the mission field to
serve in the Southern States Mission. Although he was called on a six month mission, he stayed 26 months, the
last 20 months without purse or scrip.
One of the greatest blessings to come from his mission was meeting his eternal companion, Lillie Mae Deaton.
They were sealed in the Logan Temple July 27, 1939. To their home came three beloved daughters, Lillie,
Cynthia and Breta. Benjamin and Lillie made their home in South Carolina from 1941 until 2002 when they
moved to Orem, Utah.
Benjamin Wilkerson spent his life in devoted service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a
missionary, he presided over the South Mississippi District. In 1945, he was called and set apart as the President
of the West South Carolina District. The Church in South Carolina grew and flourished until 1947 when the South
Carolina Stake was organized and Benjamin was called as the First Counselor in the newly formed Stake. After
serving in that capacity for eight years, Benjamin Wilkerson was called and set apart as the President of the
South Carolina Stake in February of 1956, by Elder Henry D. Moyle.
He was called to be the Bishop of the Columbia First Ward in 1964. April 21st of 1974 he was called and
ordained Patriarch of the South Carolina Stake by Elder Thomas S. Monson.
Benjamin Wilkerson loved his family, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the people he served.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson, his three daughters, Lillie (Terry) Compton, Cynthia
(David) Shaw and Breta (Nile) Sorenson; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 29, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vermont Chapel, 400 North 400 East
in Orem. Friends may call Monday 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the ward chapel. Interment will be in
the Timpanogos Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Orem with full military rites provided by VFW District #4.