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Robert “Dean” (Wilson) Wilcoxen February 22, 1931 ~ December 4, 2013

WilcoxenRobert “Dean” (Wilson) Wilcoxen passed away December 4, 2013 after a long illness. Dean was born February 22, 1931 in the back room of the old Durham, Arkansas schoolhouse where his mother, Nora Ethel Brothers-Wilson taught school. His father, Charles Henry Wilson deserted the family before Dean was born. Dean studied genealogy for some time trying to find a link to his father but was never successful. His mother married Joel Carl Wilcoxen in 1935 and left Arkansas for California in 1936 to search for a better living. Dean joined the navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph during the Korean War. In 1957 he married Mary Carolyn Thornton. They had three children: Raymond Dean Wilcoxen, Steven Louis Wilcoxen and Patricia Lynn Wilcoxen-Chamlee. Raymond is part owner and manager of a surf resort on an island off the coast of Indonesia. Ray is married to Jenny and they have two sons: Dylan Dean and Jayden James; Steven is semi-retired and lives in Fayetteville after spending his career abroad in the Petrochemical business. Patricia married Mike Chamlee 2001 and lives in Fayetteville. Mike and “Tricia” met at Hanna’s Candle Company where they both worked for several years. After living most of his life in California, Dean retired and moved back to his roots in Arkansas. Dean was preceded in death by half-sister, Virginia E. Brothers in 1936; his half-brother, Howard James Hamilton in 1975; and half-sister Jacqueline Brothers-Nixon in 1991.  Services will be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville on December 18th at 1:00 PM. There will be a gathering of friends from 12:00 to 1:00.

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    Hussain Kakhandki » 15. Dec, 2013

    Dear Steven Sir & all family members,

    I am very sorry to learn that your father has died. I know how attached to him you were and that his death will create a great void in your life. He was a good man, immensely respected, and will be greatly missed.
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy which also goes to all your mother, brother & all members of the family.

    Yours sincerely,
    Hussain Kakhandki & Family

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    Ron Wilkins » 16. Dec, 2013

    Dear Carolyn,
    I never had the pleasure of meeting your husband “Dean”. As special as you are, am sure he was an incredibly special man, as well as the children you both have shared. I know my mother thinks the absolute world of you, as do I as well.
    My Heart goes out to you and your Family during this tragic loss. I will hold you close in thought and prayer. Many Blessings.
    Ron Wilkins and Harlen Sams

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    Robin Hall Guadagnini » 21. Dec, 2013

    I was so sad to read of Dean’s passing. What an amazing man, and what an amazing family! I send you all my hugs, and love and prayers…Robin