Gertie Mae (Carter) Wilkerson

December 7, 1919 ~ October 12, 2020 (age 100)


Gertie Carter Wilkerson, 100, 0f Kannapolis died Monday, October 12, 2020 at Atrium Health Cabarrus after a period of declining health.

Funeral Services will be held at Whitley’s Funeral Home on Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Dean Hunter and Rev. Curtis Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday prior to the funeral.

Gertie was born in Kannapolis on December 7, 1919, the first of 14 children born to the late Everette S. and Gracie Cline Carter. She was the last surviving member of her siblings and was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry R. C. Wilkerson and her daughter, Bobbie Ann Wilkerson.

Gertie was a lifelong area resident and long-time member of Central Baptist Church. She graduated from China Grove High School in 1936 and was employed at Cannon Mills Co. for 45 years, working in the Weave room, retiring in 1983. Gertie was an avid bowler. She bowled until the age of 98 as a member of the Seniors League at Foxfire Lanes.

Those remaining to cherish her memory include her son, James D. Wilkerson (Karen) of Salisbury and Her daughter, Julia W. Hicks (Jim) of Concord, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be left at and memorial donations can be made in her name to Central Baptist Church Food Pantry or Youth Ministries, 1810 Moose Rd, Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Gertie’s family wishes to express a “Special thank you” to her two caregivers, Joe Kiser and Jermaine “Jeremy” Moore, for the love and care shown to Ms. Gertie

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October 17, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home

Funeral Service
October 17, 2020

1:00 PM
Whitleys Funeral Home Chapel


Carolina Memorial Park
Carolina Memorial Park, 601 Mt. Olivet Road
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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