Beauford (Tube) Wilkerson, 87, Manter, Kans., died Sunday, September 24, at Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson.   

He was born August 16, 1936, in his grandma Von Hemel’s basement in Manter, the son of Charles “Chuck” Clifford and Nellie Leona (Von Hemel) Wilkerson.

Tube attended Lone Star School grades 1-4, Manter Grade School grades 5-8, and graduated from Manter High School in 1955. 

Beauford married Pauline May Graham October 5, 1957, in Ulysses.  They farmed and ranched for many years near Manter. 

He served on the Manter City Council from 1981 – 2009 and was a member of the Manter United Methodist Church. 

Tube loved his family and enjoyed following and attending their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, Manter; children: Tony Wilkerson and wife, Cheryl, Johnson, Kans., Leona Smyth and husband, Stan, Ulysses, Kurtis Wilkerson and husband, Terry Watson, Kansas City, Mo., and Nancy Scott and husband, Clay, Ulysses; sister, Bonnie Manning and husband, Bill, Garden City, Kans.; sisters-in-law: Shirley “Donice” Wilkerson, Betty Wilkerson and Linda Wilkerson, all of Johnson; brother-in-law, Kenneth Graham, Manter; grandchildren: Erin Wilkerson, Stacey Wilkerson, Kelin Smyth, Kyle Smyth and wife, Violet, Kayla Smyth, Ty Scott, Braden Scott, and Andrew Scott; great-grandchildren: Reagan Gray, Jace Smyth, Kyler Smyth, Kasich Smyth, and Lyla Smyth.

Beauford is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eva “Babe” Klingenberg; brothers: Alvin “Bud” Wilkerson, Bill Wilkerson, and Charles Robert “Bob” Wilkerson.

Visitation was from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, September 28, at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. 

Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 29, at Manter United Methodist Church,with Pastor Jacques Kambol officiating.

Interment followed at the Stanton County Cemetery.   

Memorial contributions may be given to the Manter United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS  67855. 

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