Gaylord R. Wilcox Obit


Updated: 06 Sep 2009

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WILCOX, Judge Gaylord R.
Sapulpa Herald, Creek Co., OK

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


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 Heights Cemetery.

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.