Mr. Wilcox was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
As a young kid during World War II, Alvie was a member of the famous 82nd Airborne Division whose mission it was to parachute behind the German lines at midnight the night before to pave the way for the June 6, 1644 D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach. This was a new concept of warfare and no one knew what to expect in the way of resistance or casualties. Being scattered, they had to form up as best they could by the aid of little hand held clickers which more times than not drew enemy fire. The mission did succeed, however, and during the action Private Wilcox suffered a shrapnel wound to his back for which he received a Purple Heart medal. He also earned the Bronze Star with arrowhead, which signified Invasion Forces.
There were more battles to come in Central Europe, Ardenne Forest, and the Rhineland. Incredibly, he earned a Bronze Star in each of these campaigns for a total of four. During this time, he picked up a second Purple Heart (Oak Leaf Cluster). He was also awarded three Presidential Unit Citations for combat in Belgium, France, and Holland. His record further shows that he is entitled to wear European, African, and Middle East Theater Campaign ribbons. His decorations include others, such as Good Conduct, Combat Infantry, badge, etc.
The battle plan was for Alvie's 82nd division to team up with Gen. George Patton's 3rd Armored division, who was heading for a decisive battle near the Meuse River with Hitler's prize 2nd Panzer division. The arrival of the Seventh Corps on Christmas Day and a Chaplain praying for good weather for air support, turned the battle and essentially the war in favor of the Allies.
Private First Class Alvie Wilcox is one of the most highly decorated servicemen.
We are proud of him as we are of all the others like him who served.
Alvie is survived by his wife, Zola Wilcox, of Senath; two sons, John Wilcox, and wife Terri, of Senath, and Leon Wilcox, of Senath; one daughter, Judy Casey, and husband Kevin, of Senath; one step-brother, A.W. McGue, of Michigan; two grandchildren, Amanda Lowry and Jennifer Farmer; four great-grandchildren, Britney and Stacey Lowry and Chloie and Alexis Farmer; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by two sons, James and Henry Elbert Wilcox; two grandchildren, Jason Wilcox and Amy Casey; two sisters, Hezel Damron and Louise Evans; a step-mother, Altie Wilcox; four step-brothers; and one step-sister.
Visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the McDaniel Funeral Chapel in Senath.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Sunday, Nov. 22, at the First Assembly of God Church in Senath with pastors Chuck Clark and Donald Sheerin officiating.
Burial will follow in the McGrew Cemetery near Senath.
Pallbearers will be Greg Gibson, Josh Gibson, Floyd Britton, Wally Brown, Ronnie Newman, Bob Kender, Kenny Gibson, and Kaven Holmes.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Senath is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials are requested to be made to the First Assembly of God Church at Senath.