Jim Wilcox, a beloved and respected English and journalism professor at Southern Nazarene University since 1979, passed away May 24. He was 63.
Wilcox impacted thousands of students over the years who laughed with him and had great respect for him. He was a faculty sponsor of the SNU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and faculty advisor of the student newspaper and the International English Honor Society. He was the recipient of both the SNU Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Performance Award.
"It is due to the commitment of faculty like Jim Wilcox that institutions like Southern Nazarene University have life and a future," said Loren Gresham, SNU president. "A total devotion to students and their welfare was a hallmark of Jim's teaching ministry. He will be remembered and missed by hundreds of his students and colleagues."
Longtime colleague Peggy Poteet considered it a blessing to have worked with Wilcox.
"He brought Jesus to our place," she said. "The laugh of Jim still echoes in our office. His passion for teaching, grammar, crazy freshman essay blunders, the poor and hurting, Wordsworth, Starbucks, the truth, unmatched socks, grandchildren, his boys, Linda, and anybody's baby was a brilliant reflection of his deep desire to live a life that mattered."
Pam Broyles, another colleague, shared her appreciation.
"The quick wit, endless humor, and creativity of Jim Wilcox were unparalleled," she said. "There was never a dull moment at school when he was around! His positive influence on others will be greatly missed."
Wilcox leaves behind his wife, Linda, to whom he was married for 38 years, and many family members.
A celebration of life will be held May 28 at 2 p.m. at the Mayflower Congregational Church located at 3901 N.W. 63rd St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Donations in Jim's honor can be made to 363 Mayflower, where his legacy can continue as a friend to the poor.