Doris Jean Wilcox, a resident of Grand Bay, Alabama, passed away on October 23, 2021. She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Nelson Wilcox, her parents, Robert and Margaret Dupree, and her brothers, Larry and Garry Dupree.
She is survived by her daughter: Julie Smith, grandchildren: Briana, Chelsea, Shelby, and Lil'Daniel Smith. She is also survived by her son, Doug Wilcox, daughter-in-law, Lydia, and grandsons, Chase and Luke Wilcox.
Doris Jean Wilcox was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1947. She attended Spartman High School and met her soon to be husband while working the pop-corn maker at the local movie theater. They married during her senior year in 1964. After marrying, they moved to Michigan, Irvington, Alabama before finally settling in Theodore. She was a well known hairdresser and owned/operated her own salon for many years. She had a special love for children. Doug and her cared for her two nephews and two nieces at different times early in their marriage. After years of praying, at 32 years old she gave birth to a baby girl (Julie Renea). Then almost four years later, she gave birth to a son, Douglas Edward. She adopted around 300+ children, by giving them their introduction to education and becoming a kindergarten teacher at Calvary Christian School. While in her 19th and final year of teaching, she was awarded the title of Teacher of the Year in Mobile County. She gave great care and love to her students and each one left a lasting memory on her, on which she would speak about often. She made a home and raised a family in which she was very involved in and had great pride in. Then, along came grandchildren. She retired from teaching after teaching her first grandchild, (Briana). She then spent most of her time spoiling the 5 more Grandkids that would come after the first: (Chelsea, Chase, Shelby, Lil' D and Luke.) After the passing of her husband (Big Doug), with her health declining, she moved in with her son, his wife, & 2 boys to love & live out the remainder of her days with them. Doug's wife, Lydia, lovingly stayed home with her to care for her during this time & was supported by the rest of family, including a very loving sister-in-law (Dora Dickens.) As a Wife, Mother, & Teacher, that was her dream, her contentment; to have a family to care for & plenty of kids around to love on. So throughout her life & with the opportunity given towards the end, we tried our best to repay some of the love she gave so selflessly. Now that the struggles of this world have faded away for you, we can find peace in knowing you're pain free, with Daddy, wrapped in the arms of the Savior.
Services will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 12:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Interment will follow at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.