Charles Raymond Wilcox, age 98, beloved husband of the late Katherine Moak Wilcox, died on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sumter.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Walter R. Wilcox and Ida May Robinson Wilcox. He graduated from Washington Irving High School and went to work for Western Union Telegraph Co. He went on to join the United States Air Force, where he served proudly in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. After retirement, he went on to work with Exide Battery as the manager of quality control. He then went on to serve as the coordinator of law enforcement of four counties with Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments. He was a volunteer with the Alcohol and Drug Commission as a trained counselor, and he helped establish and volunteered with the Greenhouse Runaway Shelter. Ray organized a joint City and County Drug Unit, a crime analysis section and initiated the installation of 911 system for Sumter County. He served as chairman of the Pee Dee Regional Emergency Medical Services, chairman of the Sumter County Culture Commission, chairman of the South Carolina Quality Control Association and a member of the Institution of Industrial and Electronic Engineers. He was the recipient of the Thousand Points of Light Award for volunteer work in the community. Ray was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are: one son, Thor Wilcox of Denmark; one daughter, Nancy Wilcox Shepherd and her husband, David, of Florida; his companion, Maxine Taylor of Sumter; one sister, Barbara Jean Kaufman of Florida; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including James Wilcox and Katie Hemmingway.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Phillip Wilcox.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. Military honors will follow the service.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Bullock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the United Ministries, 36 S. Artillery Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to and sign the family's guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.