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Melvin Ben Wilkerson


Sunrise: July 17, 1960

Sunset: December 9, 2023

Melvin Ben Wilkerson, of Norfolk, VA passed entered eternal rest on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at his home surrounded by the people that he loved.

Melvin was born on July 17, 1960 to the late Nellie Mae Jones and Leamon Wilkerson, Jr. He was preceded in death by his son Carlos Wilkerson, Sr., brother Larry Wilkerson, and second mother Vastine Wilkerson.

Melvin had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. He had a great sense of humor. Some of his favorite sayings were: “what’s up baby,” “ain’t no romance without finance.” He would also say, “Entschuldigen Sie mich bitte (German) (excuse me please).”  He was also known for making up songs out of anything. He loved to ride in his car and sit outside. He was a very smart man. He was nonjudgmental and very forgiving. He loved to feed the homeless.

He went to Norview High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army. He served his country for six years. After the military he worked for the United States Postal Service. 

Melvin leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife of forty-one years Dianne Wilkerson. One daughter Ditesha McNeil (Craigorey) of Chesapeake, VA., two sons Melvin Wilkerson Jones (Melissa) of Norfolk, VA and Demel Wilkerson (Ciara) of Norfolk, VA. Six grandsons: Craigory McNeil, Jr., Channing McNeil, Melvin Wilkerson Jones III, Emmanuel Wilkerson Jones, Jamel Wilkerson, and Carlos Wilkerson, Jr., Four granddaughters: Ma’Kaila Wilkerson Jones, April Wilkerson Jones, Da’Meya Wilkerson, and Ma’Leya Wilkerson. Two sisters: Debbie Ford (Ronnie) of Southaven, M.S., and Cassie Harrison (Michael) of Louisville, KY., One brother: Terrell Wilkerson (Sherri) of Louisville, KY. Six sister-in-law’s: Clara Mae Parker, Rachel Goss, Delores Hurdle, Kathy Fentress (Robert), Erma Harvey (Ernest), and Dorothy White., Four brother-in-law’s’: Lester White, Charlie White (Sharon), Alvin White and Micheal White. Maternal aunt: Adgenora Gillam of Norfolk, VA., Paternal aunts: Edna Carney of Brownsville, Tenn., Clardy Jean Gant of Highland Park, IL., Mae Ruth Watkins of Memphis, Tenn., Paternal uncles: Robert Wilkerson of Memphis, Tenn., Larry Gant of Universal Park, IL., John Henry Gant of German Town, Tenn., Second father Charlie Jones., Special friend: Marius Starke and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.

Love Lives On

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on,

And cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone.

Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,

Far as long as there is memory,

They will live on in my heart.

Viewing: Friday, December 15, 2023 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia Celebration of Life: Saturday, December 16, 2023 11:00 AM Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, Virginia Laid To Rest Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, Virginia

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    Valerie Evans says

    My sincerest condolences and prayers are extended to the family. May God’s love and grace surround you and bring you peace and comfort. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. RIP Melvin

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    Michael Harrison says

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Melvin I extend my deepest sympathies to his love ones His memory will forever live in the stories, laughter,We shared during his visits to Louisville KY for the Derby My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this challenging time

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    Altina Morgan-Stewart says

    My condolences go out to the Wilkerson family.”Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

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    Jacqueline Flournoy says

    Deepest sympathy to the family of Melvin you was family to me as well we had alot of good times and lots of memories left behind. Gone but not forgotten.

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    JOYCE Skinner-Dawson says

    My deepest condolences to you and yours. The Skinner Family

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    James Foreman and Family says

    We were sorry to hear of our neighbor’s passing. We pray that God will comfort you and your family through this difficult time. You have our deepest sympathies.

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    Courtney Moore says

    My deepest condolences to the entire family, may you get through this difficult time with prayers and love. I pray that even through this time of sorrow, you’ll find peace by remembering all the beautiful memories you once shared with Big Melvin…Love You All.

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    Becky Little-Fentress says

    Dianne, May the Peace of God be with you and your Family at this time…God Is still in control…

    Bill & Becky Fentress
    ’23

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    Becky Little-Fentress says

    Dianne, The Peace of God is with you, hold on to God’s unchanging Hand…

    Bill & Becky Fentress
    ’23

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    Shirley Jones says

    My deepest condolences and prayers

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    Quinton Bernie Wilson says

    All the way from Louisville we love you Big Melvin the family is in our thoughts and prayers we love you all
    The Wilsons

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    Aunt Venessa says

    Rest In Peace NEPHEW We Love You ❤️ .

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    Chiquita & Tony Lipford says

    My sincerest condolences and prayers are extended to the family. May God’s love and grace surround you and bring you peace and comfort. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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    Chiquita & Tony Lipford says

    My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Wilkerson Family. . May God’s grace surround you and bring you peace and comfort. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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    Denise Anthony says

    So sorry for the loss of your love one..I’m praying for comfort in your time of need.. amen

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