Benjamin Workman Wilkerson

8 Jul 1911 - 24 Mar 2004

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8 Jul 1911 - 24 Mar 2004
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1911 ~ 2004Benjamin Workman Wilkerson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, diedWednesday, March 24, 2004 in Orem, Utah.He was born July 8, 1911 in Lovell, Wyoming to Joseph Benjamin Wilkerson and Esther Rebecca WorkmanWilkerson.At 19 years of age Benjamin joined the U
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson

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Timpanogos Memorial Gardens

1007 N 475 E
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Married July 17, 1939, Sealed July 27, 1939. Children Lillie, Cynthia and Breta
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Contributor: 8isenuf Created: 7 years ago Updated: 4 weeks ago

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
Wilkerson.

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.

Life timeline of Benjamin Workman Wilkerson

1911
Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was born on 8 Jul 1911
Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 18 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
1929
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 28 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
1939
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 29 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
1940
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 46 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
1957
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 53 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
1964
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1977
Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 66 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
1977
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 78 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
1989
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson was 80 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
1991
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Benjamin Workman Wilkerson died on 24 Mar 2004 at the age of 92
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