He was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Brazil, to Chester A. Cox Sr. and Dovie Stewart Cox.
After graduating from Brazil High School, Chester worked in the brick industry of Brazil for about eight years and then decided to go to college. He worked the night shift and commuted daily to Terre Haute, taking pre-pharmacy classes at Indiana State Teachers College.
After a few years, Chester moved to Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University School of Pharmacy.
Chester, a registered pharmacist, began his career with Hooks Drugs and retired as a manager of a CVS Pharmacy. During his career as a pharmacist, he was also a special deputy sheriff.
Chester loved flower and vegetable gardening and traveling. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Indiana Conference Lay Male Chorus.
He was active in the leadership of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 4. Also, he was a member of the National Rifle Association, Indiana State Police Alliance, Indiana Pharmacists Association and an associate member of Fraternal Order of Police.
Chester was pre-deceased by his mother Dovie Stewart Cox, his father Chester A. Cox Sr., his wife Mary Lewis Cox, his wife Emma Cox, and his stepdaughter Rita Brown Moody.
He leaves in deep mourning his children Eric V. Cox, Kenric A. Cox and Katrina L. Cox-Rivers, all of Indianapolis, grandson Timothy R. Cox-Rivers, Indianapolis, sisters Harriet V. Brown and Charlotte R. (Allen) Cox-Greene, both of Indianapolis, and brothers Standiford H. Cox and Carl K. (Gayle) Cox, both of Indianapolis, brother-in-law Robert L. (Helen) Lewis, Indianapolis, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, also stepsons John O. "Jack" (Dottie) Brown Jr., Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Max R. Brown, Reelsville, and stepdaughters Anna Mary (Randy) Parker, Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Marilyn (Gene) Closterman and Hyla (Graham) Saltz, both of Seattle, Wash.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Stuart Mortuary, 2201 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Stuart Mortuary, followed by burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.