BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Rick D. Wilkerson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern Legal Resource Center, passed away in his sleep at his home in Black Mountain Sunday night.

Details of Wilkerson’s death were incomplete Monday morning.  SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie said he had had a regularly scheduled meeting with Wilkerson on Friday morning, and that the Board Chairman seemed “in good physical shape and excellent spirits” at that time.  In fact, McCredie said, he and Wilkerson were due to continue their meeting today.  “We at the SLRC are shocked and saddened at the loss of not only a tireless and capable chief executive but also of a close personal friend.”

“Rick’s devotion to the South and its heritage and culture, like his brave and generous heart, was as big as he was,” said SLRC Chief Trial Counsel Kirk Lyons.  “Our cause has lost a tireless fighter and we who knew and served with him have lost a dear comrade.”

Wilkerson had served as Board Chairman of the SLRC since 2006 and was due to rotate off the Board in November. He was also a past Commander of the Southern Highlands Brigade, North Carolina Division SCV, He was a co-owner of Back Door Gun and Tactical Supply of Black Mountain and proprietor of Wilkerson Enterprises.  He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Alexander Wilkerson.

The SLRC will make public further details as they become available.