Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wilkerson marks his 100th birthday

By ALEX MCRAE

alex@newnan.com

Coweta resident Henry N. Wilkerson was recently honored by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners on the occasion of his 100th birthday, and he celebrated with family and friends.

A proclamation issued by the commission in Wilkerson’s honor reads:

“In Honor of Henry N. Wilkerson’s 100th year

“Whereas: Henry N. Wilkerson was born in Coweta County on October 20, 1912, to Charles and Maggie Wilkerson. Henry was one of eight children, and along with his sister Inez, they have outlived their siblings; and

“Whereas: Henry attended school at McClelland Academy in Newnan and Georgia Normal College in Albany before marrying Vertie Leavel, his wife for more than 60 years before she passed. Henry and Vertie had one daughter, Evelyn Wilkerson Searcy.

“Whereas: Henry served his country in the Army during World War II. He served in Fort Benning and was a sergeant and instructor during his time in the service of our country; and

“Whereas: Henry returned to Coweta after his time in the Army and became a painter, carpenter and ‘handyman,’ establishing a business and beautifying properties all over Coweta until his retirement;

“Whereas: Henry developed a reputation as a perfectionist with a sharp sense of humor and a skill for methodically solving problems, described as ‘common sense intertwined with creativity.’

“Now Therefore Be It Resolved that October 20, 2012, be proclaimed as Henry N. Wilkerson Day in Coweta County on the event of his 100th birthday and that all citizens be encouraged to join in appropriate celebration. So Resolved on this 16th day of October 2012.”

Wilkerson’s 100th birthday was celebrated by friends and family at a special gathering held at the Clay-Wood Center near Newnan on Oct. 21.

Mr. Wilkerson still enjoys working in the yard while exchanging wit and humor with his friends, says his daughter, Evelyn W. Searcy.

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