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Wilson Police Seek Clues In Murder of Retired General

Posted November 25, 2002 6:02 a.m. EST

— Wilson Police are chasing leads in the death of retired Army general Wilson Ives.

The death has been ruled a homicide. But no motive has been established.

Someone shot and killed General Ives in his home sometime Thursday evening. His daughter found him Saturday afternoon in the room where he enjoyed sending e-mails to friends and surfing the Internet.

"This is just such a shock," the daughter, Catherine McAllister, said Monday. "I can't think of any reason anyone would want to hurt him."

Investigators said they found no evidence of forced entry at Ives' home. They released few details.

Officials said Ives had been dead for some time when McAllister found. But they haven't pinpointed a time of death.

His daughter wasn't the only one who finds it hard to believe that someone would want to kill Ives.

General Ives was active at the Stoneybrook Church of Christ, always helping others. He set up a scholarship fund that sent eight students to college this year.

Friends said Ives had a gentle spirit for a seasoned soldier. At 75 and 6-4, he could still wear his old uniform when he spoke to kids in Wilson schools about patriotism.

Ives, a Wilson native, joined the military in 1945. He served with an engineer survey battalion in Japan.

He served much of his career with the Army National Guard and was promoted to one-star general in 1979.

A man who received many medals during his career, Ives became deputy adjutant general of the Army National Guard in 1984.

Ives visited area rest homes and recently started mentoring in the Wilson schools, said a friend, Dan Shackleford.

"He wanted everybody to achieve," Shackleford said. "That was his key word.

"Hardly a good conversation would go by with him that he didn't mention the word achieve."

Detectives are asking anyone with information that may help in the investigation to call Wilson Police.