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Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
Monday November 15th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
Monday November 15th, 2021

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McMinn Memory Gardens
Tuesday November 16th, 2021

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Johnnie Jean Russell Wilcox

Johnnie Jean Russell Wilcox, age 77 was a resident of Abilene, TX since 2019 formerly of Kingston, TN and Athens, TN went home to be with her Lord on November 8, 2021. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her great-grandsons, taking pictures and chatting with her facebook friends.

She had worked many occupations including Blue Circle Restaurant, Dollar General Stores, Gibsons Department Store and Life Care Centers of Athens. Most importantly she cared for her husband during his lengthy illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Carey Gordon Wilcox; her parents John T. Russell and Lucille Griggs Johnson; 1 brother, Jim Russell; Niece and Nephew, Brian Layman and Penny Layman-Ely.
Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Carey Wilcox, Jr. and wife Laura of Decatur, Randy Wilcox and wife Bo of Abilene, TX;
1 daughter, Sonya O'Hara.
1 special nephew, Mike Johnson of Louisville, TN;
6 grandchildren, Reene Wilcox, Becky Jackson and Husband Matt, Stephanie Malone and Husband Jeremy, Nicholas O'Hara, Dakota O'Hara and Andrew O'Hara.
3 great-grandchildren, Connor Malone, Eli Jackson and Ross Jackson;
2 sisters, Pat King and husband James, Jane LeQuire and husband Skip.
Funeral services will be 7:00 PM Monday, November 15, 2021 in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Elkins and Rev. Van Elkins officiating. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at McMinn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the McMinn County Humane Society, c/o
The family asks that anyone that is able to come to follow the social distancing guidlines reccommended for Covid-19.
Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycock-hobbs/obituaries/Johnnie-Wilcox.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is in charge of the arrangements.

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My condolences and prayers for all of Jean's family. Sad that another cousin on our Brown line is gone.

Glenda Rowland Nov 15 2021 9:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnnie Wilcox

The Jane Wilcox Parker Family Nov 15 2021 1:17 PM

So sorry that Johnnie is gone. I will miss talking to her on facebook everynight. We will not be ablr to attend because we are in quarantine right now. Love,Gail,Fred,Bill and Caroline.

Gail White Nov 15 2021 12:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnnie Wilcox

David & Becky Leamon, Amy & Neecy Buckner and Catheryn Womac Nov 15 2021 10:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss praying for you all .

Tracy Schmitt Nov 14 2021 7:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnnie Wilcox

Pat Wilcox Hollingsworth Nov 14 2021 4:12 PM

My Mom always spoke highly of Carey and kept in touch. She loved Jean saying she was a doll for Carey. Jean and I connected on the descendant page, finding much in common in ways and thoughts. She became dear to me and am really going to miss our little chats. Condolences to all. I do picture them both up there with the Wilcox clan.

Margaret Payne Nov 14 2021 3:39 PM

I have my memories of auntie sis and Carey picking me up for church when I was younger.i loved the feeling being around them. I could always feel the good lord so strong around them. You felt good to just be around them so much so I hated to go home from church.we had been chatting alot on messenger. Venting to one another. She told me jen I'll always b here for you. I cried . I remember her sending that message. Jen I'm in the hospital with covid 19. My heart sunk . Even more so when she said jen dont worry I'm ok. They are going at it full force. Saying that my heart couldnt help but worry. I had not seen her since careys passing when she left TN. Some how I knew I wasnt going to see her again. Even though I was trying to be positive cus I know how aunt sis was. Most kind hearted person I knew as Carey was. I know she is happy with uncle Carey. I guess I'm selfish I just want her here. I love you auntie sis you are so missed and you will always be in my heart and memories.

Jennifer Tomerlin Nov 14 2021 3:18 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Jean and Carey were precious people who are making heaven even more wonderful with their presence. They were a beautiful love story. Prayers for you all.

Melissa Bredwell Nov 14 2021 2:45 PM