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Originally published: 2012-08-13 11:37:17
Last modified: 2012-08-13 11:39:05

Former commissioner James Wilcox dies

by Staff Reports

Local businessman and former county commissioner James Dean Wilcox of Vilas died Saturday at age 80.

Wilcox was born July 9, 1932, in Todd and graduated from Appalachian High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force and completed four years as an air traffic control specialist in the Korean War.

Following his military service, Wilcox worked at the Western Union Bus Terminal in Boone for 14 years before becoming manager from 1968-72.

In 1972, he opened Wilcox Freight Company, which is still in service today. He also opened Skateworld in 1983.

Wilcox completed three terms as Watauga County commissioner starting in 1988 and served in several civic organizations.

A member of Watauga Baptist Church in Foscoe, Wilcox is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Aldridge, a son, three daughters and numerous other family members.

The family will receive friends at Hampton Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Watauga Baptist Church in Foscoe. A graveside service with military rites and burial with honors provided by American Legion Post 130 will follow at Mount Lawn Cemetery.

Hampton Funeral Service is assisting the Wilcox family.