In Loving Memory

Eugene “Lee” Wilcox, Jr.

July 16, 1964 - March 23, 2024

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Chief Master Sergeant (ret.) Eugene “Lee” Wilcox, Jr., 59, of Fairborn, OH, suddenly passed away on March 23, 2024, after a sudden decline in his health. His loss is completely unexpected, and his family is profoundly saddened.

Lee was born on July 16th, 1964, to the late Eugene Lee Wilcox Sr. and Cherie Adella (Gerren) Wilcox in his beloved state of Ohio. Lee enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately after graduating high school in 1982. He achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 2009 at the 403rd Civil Engineering Squadron at Keesler AFB. He retired in 2015 after a total of 33 years of active and reserve service. During Lee’s tenure in the Air Force reserves, he also worked for the City of Mobile. He retired from the city in 2019, although he wasn’t ready for retirement. He returned to serve as a Civilian DoD Mission Support Administrator and was currently working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. At 59,

Lee still had many career and personal goals. He loved to travel and see the world, taking his beloved daughter, Caroline, nearly everywhere he went. He was a renowned storyteller to his friends and family, always able to keep you engaged and entertained. He was funny, though you would be hard-pressed to admit it because then he wouldn’t stop. He was thoughtful in his actions and his gifts to his loved ones. He wouldn’t settle for anything less than what he thought was the best. He was a good man, a goal sought by many. On December 6, 2022, he became a Grandpa to Havyn Lee West. To him, this was the most monumental title in his long career. He would drop everything and drive 8 hours just to see her newest milestone. His funny nature was the catalyst in her first laughter. When his health declined, all he cared about was when he was going to see her again.

His departure comes as a great shock and a deep wound, and it is gravely felt by his entire family and countless others who loved him deeply in his wide community of friends.

Lee is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Lee Wilcox, Sr.. He is survived by his mother, Cherie Wilcox; siblings: Cherie Vogler (Chris), Cindy Day (Mark), and James Wilcox (Jessica); his beloved daughter, Caroline West, her husband Austin; and his eighth wonder of the world, Havyn Lee. Lee also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, Alabama, at 11AM. There will be a time of visitation prior to the service beginning at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at 1PM at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 AL Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort, Alabama.

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time and asks that you make contributions to the American Liver Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL.

7 Comments

  1. LaTanya Rogers

    Chief Wilcox was one of 403rd’s best. To the family & friends, May the Lord comfort your grieving hearts and send hugs of prayer along the way 🧡

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  2. Tammy Campbell

    Lee had a great sense of humor and could always add a funny twist to any story. On the serious side, he was a very caring person who always put others ahead of himself. He will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathies and prayers for his family and friends!

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  3. Kalen DeCant

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

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  4. Richard bull

    Lee Wilcox was one of the kindest, honest, hard-working people that I have had a chance to work with. I work with him at the city of Mobile for over 10 years. He was always uplifting and perfection was what he was after on everything he did. He will be deeply missed among all his former employees and friends. May God bless your soul.

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  5. Brandy Cousins

    We loved Chief! He was the absolute best! Keesler would not have been the same without him! He was always so happy and easy to talk to! He loved Caroline so much and always told me about their travel adventures and how proud he was of her! We will miss you, Chief!

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  6. Ret Tsgt Terry Wiggins Jr

    Chief Wilcox was a great leader! He helped me and anyone however he could!! Glad to have served with him!!

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  7. Angela Hayden

    I had the privilege of working with Lee Wilcox at Wright-Patterson AFB for too short a time. I and many others will miss him terribly. He was an excellent leader, and he truly cared for his work and colleagues.

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