Charles Lawrence Wilcox died September 12, 2017, at the age of 93 in his home in Dallas, Texas after a period of declining health.
Wilcox was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 10,1924, the middle child of Oscar and Cecelia Wilcox. He joined the Navy in 1942 and retired in 1968 with the rank of Commander. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his service in WWII aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He later graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland, and was the Chairman of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Southwest Section.
After retiring from the Navy, Wilcox worked as Chief Project Manager of Advanced Systems for Vought Corporation in Grand Prairie.
Charlie was a lifelong athlete, a member of the Cooper Aerobics Center, Dallas Ski Club and an avid runner, cyclist, and golfer. He and his wife Jane spent many years traveling the world including an “Around the World Cruise.”
Wilcox is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jane Wilcox, and their four children, Lauren Savage and husband Craig, Charles L. Wilcox, Jr., Eddie Marshall and his wife Lori, and Marie Marshall. He has five grandchildren, Ethan Savage, Tyler Savage and his wife Amanda, Matt Marshall, Melanie Marshall, Dylan Marshall and great-grandson Vann Savage. He is also survived by his sister Mary Jane Crumpler, her husband Carl Crumpler, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September, 16th at 1:00 PM, at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas, 9330 North Central Expressway.
Internment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington,D.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN., 38105.