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Milton Wilcox
  • August 01, 1941
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  • September 02, 2021

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Retired Major Milton “Will” Wilcox went home to the Lord on September 2, 2021 at Cate’s Hospice House in Marion County, Florida. He served in the US Army from 1958 until 1978, receiving a bronze star for service in Vietnam. Other tours of duty included Germany, Korea, Iran, and the United States. Initially he served in the infantry and finished his career in missile defense, He was born in Maybury, West Virginia in 1941 and is the son of Edward Clarence Wilcox and Gladys Scott Wilcox Blackburn. Before coming to Ocala, Florida 20 years ago, he resided in New Mexico, Texas and North Carolina. He enjoyed golf and dancing, many friends in Oak Run and members in each of the two churches he attended. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Bettye” Slayton Wilcox, three sisters in Arizona: Iris Ford, Norma Vanhorn, and Nita Richey, a brother and sister who predeceased him, and three children by a prior marriage: Angela Maiden, Glen Wilcox, and Marchell Podshadly. At a later later date he will be buried at the Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl. If you wish to honor his passing please consider a charitable donation to Hospice of Marion County, Ocala West United Methodist Church, The Living Spirit Community Church of Ocala, or a charity of your choice.


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  1. Glen Wilcox posted an image:
    13 Sep 2021


  2. Rich & Terri Feeley says:
    10 Sep 2021
    We are so sorry to hear of Will’s passing. He was such a great guy, and we know he will me greatly missed.
    We got to know Will and Bettye years ago in Ocala, where we had great fun golfing and enjoying life. Will was one of the “good guys” we crossed paths with in life.
    Our condolences to Bettye, the family, and Will’s many friends. We’re sure Will is now enjoying playing golf with old friends in heaven.
    RIP, Will.

  3. Paul Denny says:
    09 Sep 2021
    I am honored to have met, however briefly, this highly decorated American war hero, who continued to serve his country until he no longer could. I sincerely hope there is a special place in heaven for those that gave their lives serving others. That's where I will look for Major Will Wilcox when I get there. See ya later, buddy!

  4. Glenn & Marsha Roper lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 8, 2021 at 9:05:42 AM

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    Lit since September 7, 2021 at 9:32:24 PM

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    Lit since September 7, 2021 at 9:29:25 PM

  9. Brenda and Phil says:
    07 Sep 2021
    Will was a really great guy. A loving husband, a dear friend and served his country for 20 years. His devoted wife Bettye was by his side as his health deteriorated and took wonderful care of him in his last years. You rarely saw one without the other until Will was placed in hospice. We will miss him terribly as he has been one of our dearest friends since we move into Oak Run in 2003. May he RIP

  10. Eddie posted an image:
    07 Sep 2021
    Uncle Will and Aunt Bettye in 1982, Raleigh, NC.<br />
I love and miss you, Uncle Will, my favorite uncle.
    Uncle Will and Aunt Bettye in 1982, Raleigh, NC.
    I love and miss you, Uncle Will, my favorite uncle.

  11. Nita posted an image:
    07 Sep 2021
    "Reaching out, touching you touching me" Will, the ideal Brother<br />
Wilcox children, 1950's.  Iris, Alva, Norma, Will (holding my hand), Nita, Elton
    "Reaching out, touching you touching me" Will, the ideal Brother
    Wilcox children, 1950's. Iris, Alva, Norma, Will (holding my hand), Nita, Elton

  12. Robert lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 7, 2021 at 9:49:51 PM

  13. Phi and Brenda says:
    07 Sep 2021
    Will was a great guy who suffered in silence for a very long time. He served his country well for 20 years and worked his way up to Major as he had enlisted as a regular private. He and Bettye were very close and loved each other dearly and she was always there for him as he slowly faded away. He was a really good friend, with a quick smile and endearing laugh. Loved to watch golf and Gators. A very special man who will be missed by many.
    RIP

  14. Joanne White lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 7, 2021 at 9:59:46 AM

  15. Edward Redmond Morrissey says:
    07 Sep 2021
    A true and cherished friend and a brother in Christ.
    Ed and Carol Morrissey

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