Sara Thurber Wilkerson – The Vicksburg Post

Longtime Vicksburg resident Sara Thurber Wilkerson passed away peacefully in her sleep on Easter Sunday April 17, 2022 in New Orleans, LA.

Born in Shreveport, LA on February 14, 1939, Sara moved to Jackson, MS at an early age. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the University of Mississippi, where she was an active member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the University Players. One of her most memorable roles is as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

After graduating from Ole Miss, she married Robert Wilkerson of Vicksburg and moved to Fort Benning, GA, where he was stationed. They moved to Vicksburg in 1963, where Robert joined the family insurance agency and Sara took advantage of the many social and civic opportunities Vicksburg had to offer. She volunteered with the Vicksburg Little Theatre, Meals on Wheels, the Heart Fund, the Salvation Army and various projects through the Junior Auxiliary, of which she was a life member.

She started an accidental career teaching school in 1970 when the principal of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, knowing that Sara’s degree was in elementary education, asked her to fill in for a teacher who was not in able to end the year. That year spanned nineteen. She loved her students and cherished her association with the Sisters of Mercy.

Sara was predeceased by her husband, Robert Crump Wilkerson III; parents, George Thurber, Jr. and Virginia Duffy Thurber; and his brother, George Thurber III.

She is survived by her daughter, Sara Virginia Burrell of Vicksburg and her husband, Jack; one son, George Thurber Wilkerson of New Orleans, LA; a son, Robert Hart Crump Wilkerson of Atlanta, GA and his wife, Leah; and grandchildren Ann Avery Burrell of New York, NY, Susannah Hart Burrell of Jackson, MS, Mallory Hughes Wilkerson of Charlotte, NC, Sara Lackey (Sally) Wilkerson of Austin, TX, and Robert Andrew Wilkerson of Atlanta, GA . She is also survived by one sister, Virginia Stapleton, of Yorktown, VA and her husband Charles; one sister-in-law, Rosalye Baldwin of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Vicksburg. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The bearers will be Richard Ferguson, Stanley B. Kline, Thomas E. Murphy, Jr, Rodney E. Bounds, Herbert W. Jones and Robert Andrew Wilkerson. Honorary bearers will be William L. Shapley, Jr., Dr. Randy Easterling and Harold Blue.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the compassionate care Sara received during her final years from the superb staff at Lambeth House in New Orleans.

Special thanks to her dear friends Dorothy Miles, Carolyn Barnes and Ora Bennett for their loving care during her final years at Vicksburg.

Memoirs may be made at Vicksburg Catholic Schools and St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

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