J.T. Wilkinson, Jr. age 79, of Winter Park Florida, passed away peacefully in his home April 11, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. J.T. was born September 26, 1940 in Meridian, Mississippi to parents Edna and J. Thornell Wilkinson. JT married his beautiful wife Sara Elizabeth (Beth) Gower in 1962 after graduating from Meridian High School. Thereafter, a career in management with U-Haul Co. and Windsor door carried him, with his family, across the southeast and eventually to Orlando where he retired from D&D Garage Doors at the young age of 76. J.T. enjoyed sports. He played football on his high school varsity team. He enjoyed all things water, growing up. He was a swim coach and lifeguard at the city pool as a teen, and he enjoyed waterskiing, and boating, which he passed a love for to his children. J.T.’s favorite pastimes were spending time with his grandchildren, family and neighborhood friends (coffee a requirement), as well as golfing, watching NASCAR and other sports. J.T. was preceded in death by his parents Edna and J.T. Wilkinson, Sr., his mother and father in-laws, Tommy and Elizabeth Gower, his middle son, Michael Thomas Wilkinson, and his brothers Blake Wilkinson, and Sam Wilkinson. J.T is survived by his wife Beth (whom he lovingly cared for prior to his own illness) and sisters Janell Wilkinson McMullen (Hack) and Sandra Wilkinson Vick (Ben). He is survived by his two sons; Les Wilkinson (Melissa) with grandsons Robert, Joshua (Alecia), and Eric, and great grandchildren Brooklynn and Joshua; son Phillip Wilkinson (Jessica) and grandchildren Faith, Bradley, Madilyn, and Phillip. He is survived also by one daughter, Gina Smith (Kevin) with grandchildren Andrew (Mary Margaret), Sarah (Logan), and Matthew (Olivia) and great grandchildren Addison, Lucas, and Eloise. A private viewing will be held at Collison Funeral Home on April 14, 2020. Interment will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in J.T. Wilkinson’s name to the American Cancer Society.
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