Randall Wilkerson was a man who enjoyed meeting and helping people.
“He would sit with people who were sick to keep them company,” said Wilkerson's daughter, Heather Fowler, 23, who lives in Gordonsville, Tenn. “He (got attached to them), and it hurt him real bad when they passed away.”
Fowler said she first heard about her father's death at 11 p.m. on Feb. 7, two days after the tornado struck Macon County, when family members called her at home. She said Wilkerson's roommate of about one year, Rick Henry, came home from work and found her father's body in the kitchen of the mobile home they were sharing at 5090 Jones Lane in Lafayette.
Fowler said her family is waiting for an official autopsy report, but she said the cause of death is thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator used during the power outage caused by the storms. The mobile home was not damaged.
Wilkerson was a disabled US Army veteran who served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm in 1991. He then served in the National Guard until 1995, when a back injury forced him out of the service.
A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, he had been clean and sober for nine years at the time of his death.
Fowler said Wilkerson liked spending time with her 3-year-old daughter, Mackenzie.
Survivors include parents, Prentice & Shirley West; daughters, Heather Fowler and Holly Wilkerson; brothers, Michael D. Wilkerson and Rondall E. Wilkerson; sisters, Sandra D. (Gary) Hemmon and Cindy G. (Rick) Northern; and nephews, Logan Wilkerson, Dustin Wilkerson, and Bradley Northern. He is preceded in death by father, Tommy Wilkerson and grandparents, Houston Evan and Zena Clark Wilkerson.