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Obituary for Jim Wilcox

Jim  Wilcox
Jim Wilcox, age 67, Unicoi, went to be with our heavenly father on Friday, August 17, 2018 while he was surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Mitchell County, NC and was a son of the late Reverend Handy and Fairine Forbes Wilcox. Jim moved to Unicoi County when he was two years old.

He retired from CSX in 1995 where he was employed as a Conductor with over twenty-five years of service. Jim was a member of University Parkway Baptist Church.

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to everyone. He was an avid outdoorsmen, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Jim received a football scholarship to The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he attended and played. He continued his love for sports by playing in several golf and softball tournaments. Jim also enjoyed watching his Vols play football every Saturday in the Fall. He loved gathering around everyone and telling stories of his childhood, which will be deeply missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Bruce, Alfred, Sam and Ralph Wilcox; four sisters: Janie Whitson, Bonnie Bowman, Hattie McCurry and Selia Wilcox.

Jim leaves behind to cherish many wonderful memories of him, his loving and devoted wife of forty-seven years, Wanda Love Wilcox; son, Todd Wilcox and wife, Stacy; daughter, Jennifer Wilcox Sullivan and husband, David, all of Unicoi; four grandchildren; two brothers: Ronnie Wilcox and wife, Patty, Claude Wilcox and wife, Pat; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Scott Thompson will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at Unicoi Funeral Home by 10:30 A.M. on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. Justin Wilcox, Marcus Wilcox, Scotty Wilcox, Wade McCoury, Handy Whitson and Jeff Whitson will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Garland and Matthew Blakely.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Wilcox family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Wilcox family. (423) 743-1380.
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