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WILCOX, Judge Gaylord R.
Sapulpa Herald, Creek Co., OK
WILCOX RITES WEDNESDAY
Former Judge is Heart Victim Here
Death claimed one of the county’s outstanding members of the bar and bench
Sunday night, when Gaylord R. Wilcox, 60, former judge of the superior and
district courts in Creek County, died of a heart attack.
Survivors include Mrs. Richard Caldwell, Sapulpa; two granddaughters, Vernon
Conlee Caldwell and Jan Caldwell, Sapulpa; his mother, Mrs. Adele Wilcox,
Cambridge Springs, Pa., a sister, Mrs. Katherine Wilson, and two brothers,
Harold Wilcox, Pennsylvania and Park Wilcox, California.
Judge Wilcox was appointed superior court judge in 1917 by Gov. R. L. Williams,
was elected for a second term on the bench, and later, in 1930, was elected one
term on the district court bench. He was a former cadet of the United States
Military Academy, a graduate of Dickerson College, in Pennsylvania, and a member
of Phi Delta Theta, social fraternity.
He came to Creek county in 1916, moving to Sapulpa in 1923.
WILCOX, Gaylord R.
Sapulpa Herald, Creek Co., Ok
WILCOX FUNERAL RITES ARE HELD
Funeral rites for Judge Gaylord R. Wilcox, veteran jurist of Creek County, who
died of a heart attack late Sunday, were held this afternoon at 2:20 o'clock in
the St. Paul's Methodist Church.
Rev. Ben Sturdivant, pastor, officiated, with the assistance of Rev. Charles
Hill, vicar of the Episcopal church.
Interment was made in the South
Honorary pall bearers were members of the Creek County Bar, of which Judge
Wilcox was a former president. Active pall bearers were Fred Speakman, Ben
Braden, Judge John L. Norman of Okmulgee, R. E. Stephenson, Streeter Speakman
and Fletcher Johnson of Bristow.
Offices of the District Court of Judge C. O. Beaver, County Judge, S. M.
Cunningham, and the County Attorney's offices, were all closed during the time
of the funeral this afternoon.
Judge Wilcox came to Creek County in 1916 and in 1917 was appointed Superior
Court Judge. He was re-elected for the second term and in 1930 was elected District
Judge of the 22nd Judicial District. At the time of his death he maintained law
offices on the fourth floor of the Clayton building.
He is survived by his daughter and two granddaughters of this city; his mother,
a sister, a brother, all in Pennsylvania, and a brother in California.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon in the St. Paul's
Methodist church, with Rev. Ben Sturdivant, pastor of the church, conducting the
services, assisted by Rev. Charles Hill, Rector of the Church of the Good
Shepherd Episcopal church.
Burial was in South Heights Cemetery, with Lewis and Landrith Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements.
The body of the former judge was found early Monday morning by a maid, who
prepared his breakfast each morning. He lived at 612 South Okalahoma.