William Cyrus “Cy” Willcox, II, age 92, of Carthage passed away, Friday, August 12, 2022 at his home. 

He was born in Brunswick, GA on December 2, 1929 to the late Robert Floyd Willcox and Wilma Warren Willcox. At the age of 2 his parents moved back to the family farm in Carthage where he was raised. After serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, Cy went on to graduate from NC State with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He loved farming and the outdoors. Most of his career was spent in textile management. He was plant manager for Quality Mills in Carthage for many years. After retirement he worked with Doubleday, Edwards and Willcox, a textile consulting company. 

Cy loved his animals and especially his dogs. He was an avid square dancer for many years and was well known by many friends in the community. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mazie Pierce Willcox and sister Virginia Sue Willcox. 

He is survived by his wife Jeanette Rich Willcox; his children Harriet Marsh (Bernard) of Carthage, W.C. Willcox (Joann) of Carthage, Robert Willcox (Bonnie) of Bryson City, Tommy Willcox (Lisa); of Carthage; Jeanette’s children Betty Solomon (David), Doris Cody (Dale) and Ray McLain (Lynn); 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Cool Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Sunday and other times at the home. 

Memorial may be made to: Cool Springs United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com

Services

Visitation: August 14, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327

910.947.2224
https://pinesfunerals.com/

Funeral Service: August 15, 2022 2:00 pm

Cool Springs United Methodist Church
2027 Cool Springs Road
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. One of the finest men I ever knew, it was an Honor to have called him my friend. Mr. Cy may you soul rest in peace with the Almighty Lord.

  2. When I was Personnel Manager at Quality Mills Cy was my boss. He was a good boss and easy to work for. I thought highly of him. My sympathy to Harriet and the entire family.

  3. Cy will always be remembered as a joy filled, happy, kind and brilliant man.I see him chuckling in every memory. For now, he has brightened up Heaven! My prayers and deepest condolences go to family and friends whom shall miss him immensely. God Bless the Legacy of Cy Willcox!

  4. May friends and family find comfort in many happy memories of Cy’s long life with the help of the Holy Spirit. Prayers that we all realize that life is eternal and our journey here is short. May we all find peace and purpose that comes from God alone.

  5. So sorry for your loss Cys was a very nice man and a good neighbor when we lived out there on Cool Springs Rd ,praying for you and your Family. God Bless, Dale and Nancy Brown

  6. David and I had many good times with Cy and Jeanette square dancing. He will surely be missed. May God wrap his arms around this family during this time of need

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