U.S. mail carrier Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson died Saturday when a large tree fell onto her mail truck during a severe thunderstorm in Denver, N.C.
The 43-year-old’s death was a shock, her mother Alene Rudisill said.
Wilkerson lived in Sherrills Ford and had two children, a son, 19, and a daughter, 22. Her daughter is pregnant with Wilkerson’s first grandchild, a boy due in July, Rudisill said.
“She was really looking forward to this grandbaby,” she said. “She already had a nickname for him – Peanut.”
Wilkerson had just gotten married to Eddie Wilkerson in September, her sister Julie Hedrick said.
Monica Coachman of the U.S. Postal Service said Wilkerson began work as a rural mail carrier in May 2005.
Wilkerson will be remembered as “a good-hearted worker,” Rudisill said.
“I never met anybody who didn’t like her,” she said.
The 60-foot tree that hit Wilkerson’s truck fell from the yard of a home owned by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., on Norman Court, off Lakeshore Road North in the Westport community.
On Saturday, McHenry said he wanted to reach out to the family and express his condolences. McHenry’s press secretary Jeff Butler, said McHenry spoke to the family Monday morning.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has ruled the incident an act of nature and closed the case, public information officer Larry Seagle said Monday.
Judith Wegner, a law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill specializing in property law, said the sheriff’s office decision is probably correct.
“We can’t sue the weather gods,” she said. “So it’s just unfortunate.”
Wegner said she hopes workers’ compensation would provide some money to the family of a U.S. mail carrier who died in the line of duty.
Wilkerson’s funeral will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Amity Baptist Church in Iron Station.