This tribute written by Wayne Gatewood, June 6, 2013
Passing of a dear friend, Henry “Hank” Wilfong, U. S. Army Korean War Veteran and Life-Long Federal Government Small Business Advocate Extraordinaire. Received word today that our very dear friend “Hank” Wilfong passed away during the morning of June 3, 2013. Up until the day of his passing, Hank was a force to be reckoned with when it came to advocating for minority and other small businesses. I recall e-mailing Hank but a few weeks ago and asking him “just how long are you going to keep this up…this 24-7 advocacy?” His response was that he loved what he was doing and it was his life…and for certain it was. Attached are photos of Hank (albeit a bit younger), with Presidents Richard Nixon, George H. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. Also, please go to the following link to read on Hank being inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame as UCLA Anderson’s First African American MBA. http://blogs.anderson.ucla.edu/anderson/2012/06/hank-wilfong-ucla-andersons-first-african-american-mba-inducted-into-minority-business-hall-of-fame.html
We will miss you Hank, we will miss your energy, your amazing knowledge, your integrity, your passion, your leadership, and your love and concern for all of us in the small business community.
For those of us that knew Hank personally, I am sure you too can see him now, standing at the Pearly Gates, and although given entry, standing back asking who the Prime Contractor is that runs the Gate and demanding to examine their subcontracting plan! Watch out Heaven!! J Yes Hank, you shall be missed, but your Spirit lives on in many of us that knew you and loved you.
Prayers and blessing for Mrs. Wyllene Watson Wilfong and the entire Wilfong family.