Aaron Eugene Wilkerson was born on October 25, 1973, weighing 5lbs to the ever-graceful Nurse Alice B. Harrod Wilkerson and the late MSG. Earnest H. Wilkerson in Newport News, Virginia.
To all that knew him, he was “Big A” (Big Poppa), “ADiddy,” and the most famous one of all, “The Chicken King.” If it wasn’t obvious, he loved chicken wings, along with the Denver Broncos, Boston Celtics, and New York Yankees.
He was educated in the Newport News Public School System, attending Dozier Middle School, and graduating from Denbigh High School. He continued his studies at his mother’s alma mater Norfolk State University. This is where many of his friendships started and lasted to this day. Aaron never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter their ethnicity, race, or beliefs, because he could always establish a common ground. He did not have a shy bone in his body.
ADiddy was a man of many talents! He was not only a trumpet player in the band, but he outplayed his brothers and friends in tennis and was one of the BEST on his bowling team! Oh, he could cook and eat you under the table when it came to those chicken wings! Aaron was very intelligent and respectful. He was sure to get his point across; nevertheless, he had no problem letting you know when you were right, and he was wrong. A wildcard indeed, full of life and excitement. He was the life of the party. When people lacked happiness, he was there to cheer them up with his natural funny style. When someone needed help, he was there to do what he could. Big Poppa was loving and caring but stubborn. Aaron had a uniqueness that NO ONE could take from him.
His father, MSG. Earnest H. Wilkerson preceded him in death. His memories for forever live in the hearts of his mother, Alice B. Wilkerson; children, Natisha Thomas “Tee WallFlower” and Symaya Wilkerson; bonus daughter, Denajah Thomas; grandchildren, Naseer Thomas-Arrington, Ny’Aira Thomas Holland, and Leighlani Wilkerson Campbell; bonus granddaughter, A’lyvia Thomas; brothers, Earnest Wilkerson Jr. (Tesila) and Kirk Wilkerson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
We can say so many things about our beloved Aaron; somehow, we know there is no need because he will FOREVER live on with us! We Love You, Chicken King!
There will be a visitation on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whiting’s Funeral Home. Funeral on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. in Whiting’s Chapel. Livestream will be available at the start of the service.
Professional Services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (telephone: 757-229-3011) whitingsfuneralhome.com
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