LANSING-Buster and Wanda Wilcox have faced more than their fair share of adversity in their lives.
For the second time in a little more than a decade, the Lansing couple lost everything they owned when their mobile home became engulfed in flames last week at 1101 Jack Jones Road. That fire occurred the afternoon of April 20.
Buster had just finished his strip of mowing on his new mower when a quick-moving fire began to ravage his home.
For the Wilcox family, it was an all too familiar scene.
In 2004, their home was destroyed by another fire at the same location. As they vowed before, the Wilcoxs said they want to rebuild at the same plot of land that Wanda inherited several years ago.
“She’s never lived anywhere else in her entire life,” said Dot Francis, of Lansing. “They won’t even think of going somewhere else.”
Francis is a close friend of the family and is spearheading a fundraising effort to purchase a new mobile home for the now destitute couple. The couple is disabled and in need of assistance to rebuild a lifetime of hard work and persistence that was so quickly taken away.
Before retiring early, Wanda worked as a nurse aid while Buster helped make ends meet by punching a clock through various manufacturing jobs.
“They’re hard working people; they’ve never been looking for a handout,” said Francis.
To help offset the cost of a new mobile home, an account has been set up for the couple at the Warrensville branch of Lifestore Bank.
The account is named, “The Buster Wilcox Housing Fund” and can be accessed in person or by mailing donations to P.O. Box 26, West Jefferson, Nc 28694 in refernce to the Warrensville branch.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.