Buffie Donnell Wilcox was born to Mary Jarrell Wilcox and the late Henry Wilcox on October 19, 1955, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 2, 2014, while resting peacefully at his home in Spring Lake, North Carolina.
During his youth, he professed faith in Christ, was baptized, and joined the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, where he served as an Usher for many years. Because of his Christian upbringing, he learned the importance of keeping God first in his life and being active in church. After relocating to Spring Lake, North Carolina, he attended Williams Chapel Church.
Buffie’s formal education was obtained through the Halifax County Public School System, and he always strived for excellence in all of his classes. He graduated from Northwest Halifax High School in Littleton, North Carolina, with the class of 1973, where he was also a member of the football team. He furthered his education at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU Rams) and graduated with honors in 1977, after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Management. While at WSSU, he enrolled in the Reserved Officer Training Corp (ROTC) and began his military career.
In 1977, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army specializing in field artillery at Fort Sills, Oklahoma. After serving 24 years in the United States Army, he retired in 2001, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then became a civil service employee under the leadership of the United States Army Forces Command.
Buffie was taught early in life that after God, family came next. He greatly valued the special fun times spent with his siblings, cousins, and family friends, and often reminisced about the silly things they did as children. His favorite pastimes included watching all sports, especially NASCAR, baseball, football, and basketball.
In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his nephew, Charles Tony Wilcox.
Treasured memories of his life will forever remain in the hearts of his wife, the love of his life and best friend, Patricia McRant Brogdon Wilcox of the home; his son, Antwan Wilcox of Winston-Salem, NC, his daughter, Patronya Brogdon of Augusta, GA;his loving mother, Mary Wilcox of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his siblings, Della M. Ford and Tonya Wilcox of Baltimore, MD, Edith Wiggins (Jerole) of Richmond, VA, Charles Wilcox (Alice), Leon Wilcox (Gladys), and Cornelia Wilcox-Watson (Christopher) all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; one special uncle, Willie Jarrell (Carolyn) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his nieces and nephews, Angela Y. Mackell (Edwin) of Abingdon, MD, Arnetta Boyd (Donald), Phyllis Caine (Johnnie), Tamatha Faulcon (Marvin), Steve Wilcox (Stephanie), and Alicia Lashley all of Littleton, NC, Stacy Phipps (Amy), Tonia Lashley, Kristie Green (Brian), Charletta Wilcox, Taleesha Wilcox-Brown, and Jayden Wilcox-Garner all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Shevonne Stanley (Quenton) of Great Mills, MD, Ulysses Wilcox (LaShawn) of Baltimore, MD, Levy Ford III (Demeria) of Dover, PA, Sharonda Settles (Nathaniel) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Nelsie Wilcox of Jersey City, NJ; two very close first cousins, Cora Harrison-Edmonds and Rosa Jarrell Martin of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his special friends who were always there for him, Greg and Cassandra Booth and William “Bill” Bolden of Fayetteville, NC, and Winfred Mack of Atlanta, GA;his loving granddaughter, Kimora, who referred to him as “Mighty Mite”; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, other cousins, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Dr. C.E. McCollum, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Wilcox Family Cemetery, Thelma Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC.