Memorial services for Doris "Dollie" Mayo Wilcox will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Flactor Baptist Church in Hicks with Pastors Huey Haymon and Lorraine Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Dec. 21 and from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Dec. 22. Interment will be at Flactor Cemetery in Hicks, under the direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home of DeRidder.. Doris Mayo Wilcox went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from her home at the age of 87 on Dec. 19, 2012. She is preceded in death by her two beloved husbands, Karl R. Mayo of 54 years, and Word Turner Wilcox of eight years; her parents, Willie Lee and Viola Haymon and three brothers,
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Lloyd, Elbert and Ivy Haymon. She is survived by her two sisters, Olea Ollie Haymon Johnson and Willie Vee Haymon Bolinger and her three sons, Karl Robert and wife Kathy Mierl Mayo, Phillip Daniel and wife Bertha Broussard Mayo and William Douglas and wife Priscilla Bothwell Mayo; five grandchildren: Shannon and wife Tracey Mayo, Jason Robert and wife Janet Mayo, John Mayo, Benjamin and wife Jill Mayo, Bryan Mayo, and six great-grandchildren. Dollie was born July 9, 1925 in Fullerton and attended Big Creek and Pitkin, and Evans High Schools and completed her undergraduate in Elementary Education and graduate degree, Specialist in Reading. She taught fifth and third grade and Chapter 1 Reading at Hicks High School and was promoted to Vernon Parish School Board Office as Supervisor of Chapter 1 Reading. Later, after retirement and a love to teach children to read, she returned to the classroom for several years. After retirement from the Vernon Parish School Board Office, she and her husband Karl worked many years with Lay Renewal Church Ministers, the Vernon Parish Genealogy Society, Fort Polk Heritage Society, authoring several genealogy books and being a pastor wife to several churches where her husband preached. She married her second husband, Word Turner Wilcox, after Karl passed and she continued to do God's work with Turner in the Hilltop Baptist Church as a deacon wife in Knight Community until his death.
Doris was very proud of her genealogy work. She collected and published four books on her family heritage, "The Haymon Family of Central Louisiana." These books have been most valuable to Fort Polk leadership and local families in identifying old home sites and collect family lineages.
Affectionately known to her family and friends as "Dollie" she led a joyful life, a blessed life with a loving family and was always thankful for the gift of her faith in Jesus Christ and the peace and comfort found in the strong belief that in life and death we all belong to God. She was truly a child of God.
The family offers grateful thanks to all the caregivers, Flactor Baptist Church, The Church House in Hicks, many family and friends that have been praying for our family and to Hardy Myers, Jerry Day and the staff at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home for a beautiful service.
Words of comfort can be shared at www.myers-colonialfuneralhome.com.
Published in Leesville Daily Leader on Dec. 20, 2012