In 1970, following her husband, Colonel Frank H. Wilcox, Jr’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force, they built their home on the shores of Lake Barkley. In 1973 Colonel Wilcox entered the race for County Judge and Dorothy actively campaigned for him. In 1976, when Celia and Winthrop Hopson gave them an old log cabin from their property, Wilcox maintained a law practice in Cadiz and Trigg County for several years with Dorothy as his legal assistant and personal secretary. The log cabin served as the law office.
Colonel Wilcox died in 1999 after a long battle with cancer. He had served tours in Vietnam. Dorothy joined her husband in 1964 in Vietnam and spent 6 months living and teaching in Saigon. She also directed the church choir there. Music has been Dorothy’s life and wherever she could, she always directed or sang in a church choir. Her lovely soprano still is a part of the Christian Church Choir.
Colonel Wilcox piloted B17 bombers during World War II. He had begun to write his memoirs but illness prevented him finishing them. From his handwritten notes and pilot logs, Dorothy completed the memoirs after his death. She typed the manuscript, and published a book, entitled “flight of an Eagle”.
She has been an active member of Cadiz Society. Is a member of the Janice Mason Art Museum, The Newcomers Club, Hospital Auxiliary, and actively supports the VFW and American Legion. She never misses a Veterans Day parade or any event in town.
Dorothy is a wonderful hostess. She has entertained many friends over the years in her lovely home on the lake. Dorothy’s favorite time to entertain with a party is Halloween. She probably has the largest collection of Halloween decorations and displays them all.
While moving, is nothing new to Dorothy; she says this move will be the hardest because she is leaving behind so many dear friends and her beloved home on the lake. Always an optimist though, she says, “I am looking forward to living closer to my children and being with people who have had the same life experiences as my husband and I.
She will be sorely missed by all who know her, and whose life she has enriched.
To honor Mrs. Dorothy Wilcox, her friends are hosting A Farewell Open House Reception on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Cadiz Christian Church Fellowship Hall from 2 – 4 p.m. Everyone is invited.
For information about the open house, please call Maria Bruzewski at 270-924-9520.