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Isaac Wilcox

Rev. Isaac Wilcox, a highly esteemed retired minister of the Detroit Conference, died at his home in Rochester at 6:15 p.m., March 11, 1930. Mrs. Wilcox, in a note to the Advocate says: "Our trip together to Ann Arbor last fall to attend Conference was a marked beginning of a break in his health. Since then he had not been at all well, gradually losing strength. However, he was about the house and occasionally about town, until March 7, from which time on he was confined to his bed until he passed away."

Isaac Wilcox was born at Orangeville, Ont., July 4, 1848. He came to the United States in 1865, and worked as a cabinet-maker for one year in Erie, Pa. He entered Albion College and graduated with A.B. degree in 1873.

He joined the Detroit Conference in 1873. His first charge was Michigamme, one year. He served the following charges in succession: Caseville, two years; Medina, one year; Phoenix and Allouez, two years; Lake Linden, three years. Then, for health reasons, he served in a mission Conference in North Dakota, at Lisbon, three years. Returning to Detroit Conference, he served Escanaba one year, Marquette three years, Hancock three years, Port Huron three years, Negaunee six years, Iron Mountain three years, Ironwood four years, Centennial (Calumet) four years, Mohawk six years.

Brother Wilcox took the superannuated relation in 1918. After that he served as supply at Unionville one year, Auburn one year, Hemlock four years. He took up his residence in Rochester in 1925, and that has since been his home.

On September 23, 1875, Brother Wilcox was united in marriage with Grace Wallace (Albion College Class of 1872), at her home in Jackson. Five children came to their home, of whom three are living - Ralph, who is engaged in oil exploration work in Ecuador; Charles, who is with the Chevrolet Motor Company, Detroit; Elizabeth, who is a member of the faculty of the high school at Jackson, Mich. Two children, Walter and Katherine, died in infancy.

Brother Wilcox did excellent and thorough work in his ministry. He was an unusually good, all-round minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether in the pulpit, in his pastoral work, pushing the circulation of the Michigan Christian Advocate (in which no man in either Conference excelled him), or in furthering all the interests of the Church and of Christ's Kingdom, he was diligence itself. And his choice spirit made his ministries most acceptable, and his work, fruitful. Isaac Wilcox was loved by everybody, and from all the charges where he served many will rise up to call his name blessed.

The funeral services were from the home in Rochester, on March 13. The pastor, Rev. W.H. Collycott, a friend of many years' standing, officiated. Six of his brother ministers acted as pallbearers. Prayer was offered by Dr. Harvey G. Pearce, Flint District Superintendent. Scripture lessons were read by Rev. Sidney D. Eva and W.E. Marvin. Burial was in Rochester cemetery.

- Detroit Annual Conference minutes of 1930, pp. 149-150

Mrs. Isaac Wilcox

Grace Wallace Wilcox, widow of the late Rev. Isaac Wilcox died May 1, 1930, within two months after her husband's decease. The end came at the family home in Rochester, Mich., from pneumonia which developed shortly after her bereavement.

Mrs. Wilcox was born Dec. 27, 1847, at Valparaiso, Ind. She attended school in Jackson, Mich., and Albion College, from which she graduated with A.B. degree in 1872. She taught high schools in Romeo and Saginaw.

She married Rev. Isaac Wilcox Sept. 23, 1875, at Jackson, their acquaintance having had its beginning while both were students at Albion College. Their marriage ceremony was performed by Dr. George B. Jocelyn, then president of Albion College.

Mrs. Wilcox was active for over fifty years in the hundred-and-one activities that makes every minister's wife an unofficial assistant pastor. The son, Charles, writing to the editor, makes this fitting observation: "I think there should be a Distinguished Service Order of some kind for ministers' wives, those tireless behind-the-scene workers who make possible the more obvious results of their husbands. I think there should be such a thing - in heaven."

She is survived by three of her own children - Ralph, in South America; Charles in Detroit; Elizabeth in Jackson; and two others who made their home with her from childhood - Russell in Minneapolis; and Mrs. Chester Dawe in Detroit. Two of her own children, Walter and Katherine, died in infancy. With the exception of Ralph and Russell her children and their families were at her bedside when she passed away.

The funeral was from the home on Saturday, May 3rd, 2 p.m., Rev. W.H. Collycott, of Rochester officiating. Six ministers acted as pallbearers. Burial at Rochester cemetery.

- Detroit Annual Conference minutes of 1930, p. 157