Ruth Etta Calloway Wilkerson, age 97, of Aberdeen, NC, passed away on March 23, 2020 in Raeford, NC. 

Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Friday at Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery conducted by Pastor Rufus Mclean. 

She was born in Surry County on August 19, 1922 to the late William and Maude Fulk Calloway. She will be remembered for her faith and commitment to God, for the way in which she helped others, her courageous spirit and her love of her family. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Wilkerson; son James T. Wilkerson, Jr.; special friend Max Foster; her brothers Warren, Ralph and Leonard Calloway.

She leaves behind her loving daughters, Ruby W. Perkins (Skip), Edna W. Morgan (John) and Lola W. Jones (Chuck); her loving sister, Shirley C. Potts (Al); and brother Shelby Calloway;  5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one great, great, grandchild. 

Ruth had a long 22 year career as Bookkeeper and Payroll Clerk with Aberdeen Coke Plant. Her many accomplishments include serving as President, Treasurer and Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as receiving many distinguished awards from the Auxiliary. She also served as President and Treasurer for Shiloh’s Women of the Church and was a long standing Elder at Shiloh Presbyterian Church – she dearly loved the Church and its people. She will also be remembered for her love of gardening, cooking and sharing of cakes, pies and especially her homemade biscuits with so many. 

The family wishes to acknowledge with gratitude each act of kindness and every expression of sympathy shown during this celebration of our Mom’s life. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Shiloh Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 1496 Raeford, NC 28376. 

Services are entrusted to Powell Funeral Home. The funeral home has an online register available at where everyone is encouraged to share your memories and condolences with the family.  

Memories Timeline


  1. Aunt Ruth was a Great Lady that took no junk. She was so independent and resourceful. I admired Aunt Ruth for her independence and self reliance! She was so honest with her thoughts and a Great Cook, cannier and Loved to be outside:) She inherited her feistiness from her mother. I can remember her running down those that sped on the dirt/rock road making holes. I now have that reputation on the road I live on… LOL… I do have fond memories of that lovely little lady:) Aunt Ruth lived a long and simple life, but I do believe she was happy with the life she lead. We will miss you Aunt Ruth, but we know you are now at rest watching over us and with our maker. We Love You, Kelly

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. She was a good woman with a caring heart and a sweet laugh. My daddy loved her very much. She took great care of him and was so kind to all of us. Missing her cakes and other goodies. Prayers for your family. Darlene, Phyllis, Courtney and children

  3. Aunt Ruth had so much spunk! I really admire that in a woman. She had a no nonsense way about her and would happily share her thoughts and opinions whether you wanted to hear them or not. I remember all those time she and Uncle James would come to the house to play cards with Mama and Leonard. Always a lot of laughs and who could forget Uncle James calling Mama “Cammie Lynn”. We will miss you Aunt Ruth (and your coconut cakes), but are comforted in knowing you are home with the Lord, your boys, brothers, and your Mom and Dad. You are whole again in every way. We know you are dancing (another love) with happiness! We love you!

  4. I’m saddened to hear the news of Ruth passing. She was the neighborhoods Grandma. I grew up across the gravel road in the apartments my parents bought from her brother in law (Ken) She helped my family out and had the best cakes! I loved her Pineapple upside down cake. No one could make it like her. Her pool was the best and she shared it with us and anyone who lived on the street. Her garden was alway blessed with a health harvest time and time again. She was a great woman and she will be missed dearly. Love you Ruth from little Kayvon Shodja

    • Hi Kayvon,

      This is Leanne, Ruth’s granddaughter. I too love lived across the gravel road. Next to you when you loved in the blue house. We had the best time during those years. Thank you for your warm comments and thoughts! Leanne Wilkerson C.

  5. Love & prayers Leanne & family. I’ve enjoyed stories during our lunches of you & Lori spending time with your grandparents during the summer. Also, of your visits with her in the nursing home. You are such a wonderful granddaughter. Hold on to those great memories.

    • Thank you Kim. It was so sweet of you to comment. It is wonderful to hear that someone else gets joy out of my treasured memories. I will always hold them close to my heart.

  6. Ruth was our oldest cousin on the Fulk side. She was always loyal to her Fulk background, adding many laughs and love to us all. Her Godly spirit of her love to her Lord and consistent love of family are treasures to all who knew her. Our Aunt Maude Calloway and her Dad(Will) would have been so proud of her lifelong accomplishments. She is a treasure to us all. Sending love and prayers to the Wilkerson, Calloway & Fulk families. Thanks Ruth for sponsoring some Fulk reunions at Shilo for which she loved so dearly. Rest well in Heaven for a job well done on this earth. God Bless. (Mike & Diane Golding, Aunt Grace’s son and wife).

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