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Man called "community pillar" of Larue gets old fashioned funeral

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

LARUE, MS (WLOX) - He loved the Dixie National Rodeo, raising chickens and spoiling his grandchildren. Friday afternoon, 78-year-old Carl Lynn Wilkerson was laid to rest in the Larue community of Jackson County on Friday afternoon.

The man described as a "pillar of the community" was given an old-fashioned farewell. As friends and family filled Larue Baptist Church, Chris Lloyd hitched up the mule team to his custom built covered wagon.

"A grandson asked me, would I carry him to the graveside? And we come out to do that today," said Lloyd, as he got the pair of mules hitched up.

Carl Wilkerson was an outdoorsman who looked forward to the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson and the Pecan Festival in Richton. An old-fashioned funeral procession, a mule pulled covered wagon, provided the perfect send off.

"Anybody that knew mister Carl, we're country people, and this is right up his alley. He would have loved it," said Lloyd.

And so many folks loved Mr. Carl.  Family members walked behind the funeral wagon, making the half mile trek from the country church to the family cemetery.

"He was a very good man. A pillar in the community. Everyone that know him loved him. Just a very good person. Would help any way he could. Just a good family. The whole family is really good people up here. We're a real tight community up here," said Lloyd, a close family friend.

Twelve-year-old great grandson Walter King, Junior walked right behind the wagon. He said his great granddad was great fun, whether on a camping trip to Red Creek or hanging out at the rodeo.

"He always wanted to have a ranch. But now he's going to have one up in heaven. And I hope he has a lot of fun up there with all his chickens and everything.  And I love him," said the young King.

Carl Wilkerson also loved music. And Timmy Garrison was happy to play a final tune at the grave site. He played an amazing version of Amazing Grace on his fiddle. A fitting sendoff to a man so many people admired and respected.

"He's smiling down. I guarantee you, he is," said Lloyd.

Carl Wilkerson leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley. He's also survived by five children, 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

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