Born July 29, 1923, in Greene County, Ark., son of the late Cletis Wilburn and Georgia Z. Wilcoxson, he grew up at Walcot, Ark. and was valedictorian of his high school class. He attended Arkansas State University and East Texas State College. He served in the 99th Army Infantry Division in World War II until his capture at the Battle of the Bulge, for which he earned the Purple Heart. Upon his release, in partnership with his father and brother, Bill, started Wilcoxson and Sons Furniture Co. at Gideon, Mo.
Shortly afterward he met and married Evelyn Lois Jones of Gideon, who survives. They were married 57 years.
Also surviving are sons, Gary and his wife, Cheryl, Ron and his wife, Angela and Daryl and his wife, Vickie; eight grandchildren: Shannyn Wilcoxson, Doug Wilcoxson and wife, Melanie, Ashley Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Josh Wilcoxson, David Wilcoxson, Kathryn Wilcoxson and Christopher Wilcoxson and wife, Anna; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Elyse Wilcoxson, many other close relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, two brothers, Edward and Bill and two sisters, Nell and Vonda.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Kennett with the Revs. Ron Wilcoxson and Billy Fox officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Towny Sparks, Christopher Wilcoxson, Douglas Wilcoxson, John Wilcoxson, Josh Wilcoxson and David Wilcoxson.
Honorary pallbearers were Ed Hodges, Don Key, Alan Bradley, L.V. Bryant, Bill Brigance, J.C. Skaggs, Rodney Riggs, Dave Andrews, Jerry Rhodes, Billy Yates, Gene Lemonds, Snowball Woodard, Buford Simpson, Jack Campbell and Edwin Bradley.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Methodist Church, 1010 S. Jackson, Kennett, Mo. 63857, American Cancer Society, 201 North New Madrid, Sikeston, Mo. 63801 or the VFW Scholarship Fund.