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On August 9, 1984, Todd Andrew Wilkerson made his entrance onto this place called Earth. Todd was the first Son, Grandson, Nephew, Brother, and Cousin. As child, his family recognized the special calling on his life. At 3 years old, Todd would create a Pulpit preaching himself hoarse to his congregation of WWF Action Figures and Ninja Turtles. His first sermon was “God’s Got It”.
As a child, Todd attended Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church where the late Dr. WL Templeton was the Pastor. Dr. Templeton affectionately called Todd “Moses”. Todd also attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Delmar White, Topeka, Kansas where he continued to learn about the goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Todd attended Kansas City Kansas USD 500 and Topeka USD 501 Public School Districts. After high school, Todd was pushed by his MawMaw, whom he loved dearly to continue his education. Todd continued his education at Hutchinson Community College, Allen County Community College, and Langston University (thank God for Erin Hicks who encouraged him). It was at Langston University where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. Todd went on to attend the University of Arkansas and obtained his Doctoral Degree.
If you knew Todd, you knew he was a natural comedian. Todd would often showcase his comedic talent at Langston University and even caught the attention of Dick Gregory, Ricky Smiley, Lunell, and Lavell Crawford.
Dr. Todd Wilkerson was employed with the University of Kansas as the Program Director/Assistant Professor in the Undergrad Program as the Director of Sports Management. Todd also served at the University of Missouri as an Associate Professor in Sports Management, Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas, and Supervision Coordinator for Child in Need Program.
Todd was seeking funding for The Battle of First Student-Athletes (First Gen) Project just prior to his death.
Dr. Todd Wilkerson entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. He is preceded in death by his loving grandmother, Erma “MawMaw” Officer; great-grandmother Emma “Nana” Wilkerson, great-grandmother, Vitilla “Momvi” Monroe; grandfather, Harold M. Wilkerson, Sr.; great-grandfather, George M. Wilkerson; great uncles, Ronald Monroe; and Larry Monroe.
Todd is survived by his mother, Gia L. Cahill; father, Pastor Kim Gladney; stepfather, Bishop Calvin Lewis; his children KenaDe Wilkerson; Chloe Chester-Wilkerson; Kari Wilkerson; and Carter Wilkerson; his siblings, Brent (Chelawnta) Lewis; Britani Lewis; and Zachary Cahill; his uncles, Harold “Butch” Wilkerson; and Thomas “Tay” (Tiffani) Officer; aunts, Shirley Wilkerson; and Lori Gladney; nieces, Kennadi Wiseman; KaiLeigh Lewis; Gianna Lewis; nephews, Giovanni Lewis; Grayson Lewis; Brent Lewis Jr.; his cousins, Parisa Dulan; Taryn Wilkerson; Taylor Officer; Triston Officer; and Eastin Officer-Monget; a host of family, and friends.