October 22, 2021

Ms. Janice Ann Wilkerson

Janice Ann Wilkerson, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away on October 13, 2020.

She was born on November 25, 1945 in Franklin, Georgia to the late John C. Wilkerson and Annie Wilkerson (Person).

Janice is the oldest of six sisters, the late Willie Lou Vaughn(James), Katie Nelson (Willie), late Eloise Strong, Patricia Nelson (Eugene), Judy Harrison(Clarence), Jackie Bowles(Jimmy) and one brother Tyrone Wilkerson (Judy) along with a host of nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Mary Johnson High School and moved to LaGrange where she worked for Milliken Textiles for several years and afterwards became well-known for her cooking at Ruth’s Place and for baking cakes.

Janice was an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in LaGrange, GA for a number of years until 1992 when she suffered a stroke and moved back to Franklin and her home church of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

“Janice loves some St. Paul. Janice loves some Mt. Zion.”

Janice loved praising God. Janice also had a love of music. She would clap and snap her fingers to everything from gospel to country.

You seldom saw Janice without a smile on her face. She loved life. She loved people. Janice especially loved her only child Tim.

“Tim did this. Tim did that. Janice, you’re going to spoil that child,” Mama Annie would often say. Tim is married to Camille Wilkerson(Brown).

Janice would light up like a Christmas tree when she saw and talked about her four grandkids. Darius (Ciara), Timothy, Kalen, Micah.

“How they doing. Tell them I love them” she would say on every phone call.

And, there were a lot of “Oh Boys” when her great-granddaughter Raya-Lee Ann (Darius, Ciara) was born. Janice cried when she heard the baby was named after her.

You can tell by now that Janice is a really special person. She’s one of a kind. She’s loved. We thank God for allowing her light to shine upon us for 75 years. She leaves a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

She’s in a better place now.

A graveside service was held on Sunday, October 18 at  Canaan Baptist Church in Franklin.

Lakes Dunson Robertson Funeral Home of Lagrange was in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Stacie (Toney) Denham says

    So sweet reading this. Hers was a life well lived. And she did it very well.

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