He was born in Brazil, Aug. 12, 1922, to Raymond and Stella Cox.
Prior to joining the Army, he married Isabel Lawson, who preceded him in death in 2003. "Grandpa," as he was known to many, served his country in the United States Army, serving in Alaska during World War II. Upon his return, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and then American Vitrified Clay Plant in Brazil as a foreman for nearly 30 years. Following the closing of the plant, he worked as a body man for George Hardman's body shop during the day and then Tracer Trailers in the evening. Most recently, as a body man at Girton's Implement. He was a member of the American Legion Post 2 and Moose Lodge 780.
In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and in his younger years, he enjoyed hunting. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football and NASCAR racing.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Stella and wife Isabel, and brothers Albert Cox and Paul Cox.
Survivors include son Michael Cox and wife Janice, granddaughters Angela Haile and husband Brian, and Alison Walton and husband Michael, great-grandchildren Whitley DeSmith, Brianna Walton, Ethan Walton, Bryce Toppas and Gage Bruer, step-brother James Roy Cox, step-sister Margaret Ann Miller and Helen Withers, sister-in-law Violet Blackford and husband Chuck, special nieces Kayla Withers, Tammy Rogers and Tammy Young, and a special cat "Inky," as well as many friends and family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Wednesday at 1 p.m., with Brother Doug Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of your choice.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.