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Benjamin R. Wilkerson, Jr.

Company E-2 USMA Class of 1962 (Formerly USMA Class of 1961)

9 Sep 1937 - 30 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Kingsport, TN

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rusty Wilkerson, on March 30, 2017, in Kingsport, TN, after a valiant battle to defeat brain cancer.

Rusty is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Gini Wilkerson; his three daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter, Marci (Brad) Schneier, and Ginny (Eric) Schneier; his five grandchildren, Payton E Carpenter, Benjamin A Schneier, Joseph W Schneier, Ryan J Schneier, and V. Hope Schneier; and his sister Alexine Wilkerson.

Funeral arrangements are with Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport. At Rustyís request, Celebration of Life events are scheduled for 5-6 May in Kingsport to be followed by Internment at West Point at a future date. Details will follow.

There will be a memorial service for LTC Benjamin Wilkerson í62 (He started with Class of 1961) on Tuesday June 27th at 1330 hours at the West Point Cemetery. Following the service the family is hosting a reception at the WPAOG Great Hall.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Tom Middaugh at  

For any classmates that do not have a DOD ID card or have not received their Local Access Pass yet, the options are as follows:

  1. Meet at Hoganís Funeral Home between 1245 and 1300 - 135 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928 and process with the family through security to the cemetery. Security vehicle passes will be passed out at the funeral home

  2. Go to the AOG webpage and apply online for a Local Access Pass - Follow instructions on the webpage for picking up your pass.

  3. Go to the visitor center and go to the Graduate Line to apply for your grad pass.

For any questions please call Kristan Burpo at the WPAOG Memorial Support at 835-446-8298.

Condolences to family members may be addressed as follows: Gini Wilkerson at 1209 White Street, Kingsport, TN 37664.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rusty's memory be sent to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Institute ( or the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420 Rockville, MD  20850.

Well done, Rusty. Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\E-2 Ben Wilkerson - USMA62.pdf


Benjamin Russell (Rusty) Wilkerson, of Kingsport, Tennessee, left this world to be with our Lord on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Rusty was a native of Franklin, Tennessee. He attended Battle Ground Academy, Washington and Lee University and Vanderbilt University. Rusty was appointed to West Point in 1957 and is a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He also holds a Masters of Public Service in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. Rusty served two tours in Vietnam in addition to other numerous assignments. During his years of service, Rusty earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Airborne Wings, and the Ranger Tab. His Military Awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Bronze Stars, and the Army Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Deputy Director of Engineering and Housing at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as the Public Works Director for the City of Kingsport, Tennessee. Rusty was a regular columnist for the Kingsport Times News, a member of Kiwanis, a driver for Waverly Presbyterian Church and served on the boards of Goodwill and Girls Incorporated. He was an admissions Field Representative for 1st District, West Point, and was a member of Mayfair United Methodist Church.

Rusty lived in Kingsport with his wife of 51 years, Gini. They have three daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter from Clarksville, Tennessee, Marci (Brad) Schneier from Bradenton, Florida, and Ginny (Eric) Schneier from Richmond, Kentucky; five grandchildren; and sister, Alexine Wilkerson of Franklin, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 6th at Mayfair United Methodist Prospect Center.