Shirley Rose (Gulley) Wilkerson

December 26, 1942 ~ July 18, 2021 (age 78)


SHIRLEY ROSE WILKERSON, 78, of Johnston City passed away Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2021.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on Dec. 26, 1942, the daughter of Raymond and Oveda (Neal) Gulley.

She was first married to Jim Hutchens and later married Bobby Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson preceded her in death on April 25, 1998.

Mrs. Wilkerson was retired as a caseworker for the State of Illinois, and was a member of the North Benton Baptist Church. She liked to travel and visit family. She enjoyed her plants and her garden.

Mrs. Wilkerson is survived by her:

Son: Eric Hutchens and wife Lynn of Greenwood, SC

Daughter: Karen Pickering and husband Bill of Christopher

5 Grandchildren: Alecia Davis (Brian), Ashley Hutchens, Matt Hutchens (Taylor), Brandi Alexander (Lee), Ryan Miller (Brandon)

6 Great-Grandchildren: Skylar, Riley, Alaina, Emric, Kane and Gavin

Sister: Judy Border of Benton

Mrs. Wilkerson was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband-Bobby Wilkerson, and by a Sister-Sharon Trill.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Thursday, July 22nd at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 A.M. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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July 22, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
July 22, 2021

1:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812


Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812

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