Retired Col. Gilbert L. Jacox, U.S. Army, 81, of Morehead City, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Carteret General Hospital.

His service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Soundview Original Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Grady Simpson officiating.

Col. Jacox joined the Army in 1947, was commissioned in 1952 and retired in 1973. He earned his law degree from George Washington University in 1967. He practiced law for 12 years in Coldwater, Mich., and retired to Morehead City in 1985 to be near his wife’s family.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie W. Jacox; son, Gilbert L. Jacox Jr. of Sherwood, Mich.; three sisters, Mary Lou Kolassa of Sturgis, Mich., Peg Kruger of Rosarita, Mexico, and Ada Jacox of Heathsville, Va.; two brothers, George L. Jacox of Baltimore, Md., and Edwin H. Jacox of Kalamazoo, Mich.; sister-in-law, Irene King and husband Arnold of Beulaville; and two brothers-in-law, Quinton Williams and wife Ann and Rodney Williams and wife Phyllis, all of Newport.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Munden Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Soundview Original Free Will Baptist Church, 1655 Highway 24 east, Newport, N.C. 28570, or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 399, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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