James Elmer Willcox, 71, loving husband, father and papa, of Kingsland, Georgia (formerly of Pine City) passed away April 18, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida following heart complications.
He was born in Elroy, Wisconsin on Nov. 6, 1947, to the late Harley Willcox and Emma Cox Willcox.
James loved growing up in Elroy with his family. James dropped out of Bible college to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served two years in the Vietnam War. James was a very proud Marine Veteran. After serving his country he met his beautiful wife Anita and they spent most of their years raising their family in Pine City. James was an extremely hard worker and spent most of his years in masonry where his strong work ethic earned him the nickname, Jimmy the Bull. James was a man of God and never wavered from his faith. Until his last days he was an active member of the prayer team at Harbour Worship Center. James was always the first one to church because he was a believer in, “If you’re not early you’re late,” and he had to make the coffee to warm everyone’s heart. James traveled throughout the world helping others and spreading the word of God.
He was an avid outdoorsman, spending many days hunting and fishing with his friends and family. Everyone who met James loved him, as James was very compassionate to others; he always made time for others before himself and never missed an opportunity to tell you a good Dad joke!
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Eugene, Charles and sister Emma Jean.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years: Anita Willcox; two sons: Darrell (Jennifer) Wilson and Curtis (Judy) Willcox; a daughter: Gloria (Ernest) Samson; nine grandchildren: Grae, Sullivan, Sofie, Emma, Cameron, Jessica, Dawson, Karsten, Brielle; and a brother: John Willcox and a sister (niece): Patty Meyers.
A private family ceremony will be at later date.