Folder 4, Jeanie Hankins to Family, December 1941




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Ruth Wilkerson was born in Houston, Texas. She attended and graduated Lamar High School and Baylor University. She taught school for a year before focusing on raising her family and volunteering in various organizations. John Wilkerson was born in Lubbock, TX on December 18, 1934. A lifelong Lubbock resident, John graduated from Lubbock High in 1953 and from Baylor University in 1957. John assumed leadership of Wilkerson Cold Storage Co. in 1956 and remained Chairman of the company until his death on August 28, 2021. John served as Chairman of the Board of City Development, the Lubbock County Appraisal District and the Civil Service Commission. John and Ruth married on June 21, 1958. They spent the next 63 years together in Lubbock, where their family grew to include four children and they were actively involved in serving their church, schools and community.
The Collection consists of correspondence from and to various members of the Wilkerson family of Lubbock, Texas. Some of the authors include John Gordon Wilkerson, Sr., "Gordon"; Cleo Hankins Wilkerson; John Gordon Wilkerson, Jr., "John"; Howard Wilkerson; Mary Ruth Wilkerson Grady; and Jeanie Hankins. The letters contain information about the family and describe vacations, business, and daily events.



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