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August 28, 2008
We will truly miss you.
September 16, 2006
Rev, Gary Cox,
I wish I could have known him during his ministry, His amazing accomplishments do not at all suprise me! I remember Gary as exceptionally intelligent, and talented. He was a dear friend of my brothers, and of our family in all of my years growing up.

Be at peace Dear Friend, You will always be in our hearts, and minds, and will be loved forever!!

Love Bonita-Skelton, Taylor
September 13, 2006
Rev. Gary Cox was always a kind man who had the time to say "Hello." He made conversation easy. At Breakthrough Club, we appreciated his imput on the board, and he made me feel comfortable when I was there. We will all miss his "goodness" for life and the zest he had for questions.
September 13, 2006
Rev Gary Cox was always a kind man who had the time to say "Hello." He made conversation easy. At Breakthrough Club, we appreciated his imput on the board, and he made me feel comfortable when I was there. We will all miss his "goodness" for life and the zest he had for questions.
September 08, 2006
My best friend Gary Cox was the most remarkable man I have ever known. Remarkable not just for his intelligence, compassion, and talents, but because he was my true friend for over 34 years. The deep personal commitment that true friends share is rare, both in modern society, and the personal lives of many people. But I know that there exists a greater bond between people, a bond that time and distance can never erase. I know this because I have experienced the gift of such a bond of friendship.

I met Gary in high school in Anderson, Indiana. Our friendship continued through college and into our working lives. After I moved to Oklahoma in 1980 I told Gary that he could easily find a good job and he followed me just a short time later, landing a job in the oil business. Gary married Leigh just a short time later, and in no time ended up with a beautiful family of daughters to whom he was completely devoted. Gary was, of course, highly successful in his work, and had a promising future in the oil industry. However, Gary needed his life to be about more than business, more than commerce.

I watched as Gary first explored the call of God on his life. It was remarkable as I watched God, knowing Gary’s heart so well, open every door to enable him to do his life’s work, pastoring and watching over this church family. That is how he spent the last ten years, and how he ended his time with us, as a loving shepherd of the church flock God entrusted to him. Nothing gave him more satisfaction than providing comfort, mercy, hope, humor, guidance, and prayer to each of you. Nothing stood in the way of his calling. In April, after a lunch visit with Gary and Leigh, I was leaving their home and as I walked through the living room I passed his piano. Of course, Gary was an effortless pianist, a man of incredible talent with a true gift of musical ability. I asked him if he still played and he said “No, I save my strength for more important things.” You were the “more important things” in his life, and he knew that he could not waste the smallest part of his strength if he was to do what God had called and equipped him to do.

The true measure of a man’s life is first, his love of the Lord and his walk with God. Next, his loving wife and children. Then, his friends and the others he has touched in his journey in life. Gary did everything that God called him to do. He loved God and obeyed God’s call on his life. He loved and was loved in return by Leigh, Lisa, Cara, and Corinne. He loved his congregation with the supernatural love of God poured out through his life.

Gary’s life has been a gift from God for all of us, serving as a wonderful example of God’s mercy and love for us all. Honor that gift by loving God and by asking God to strengthen and sustain you as follow Gary’s example and pour out your lives in service to God and each other. Gary was faithful to be obedient to God’s call on his life. Now it is our time to do the same.

And for me….My best friend Gary Cox was the most remarkable man I have ever known, because he loved me as his friend despite my failures and faults. Treasure your friends as the true gifts from God that they are.

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,
"Naked I came from my mother's womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD."
Job 1:20-21 NASU
September 04, 2006
Gary Cox was my inspiration, my teacher and my mentor during the 3-year lay ministry course of study which I have just completed. How blessed I am to have known him and learned from him, if only for a short time. His simple words of Christian wisdom, "Love everybody. Judge nobody." guide me each and every day. I shall miss him so very much.
September 03, 2006
Gary was always an inspiration and positive role model to us. He showed remarkable courage and dignity in the way he lived and in the way he died. Even though my husband and I live in another state now, we missed seeing him on Sunday mornings and the many insightful sermons he offered. We were married by Gary and I'm grateful that he shared this joyful time with us. Gary was smart, funny, loving, and inspiration to us. We wish all the best to his family. LaNell and Billy Tate
August 31, 2006
Dear Leigh and family- We're praying for you as you celebrate Gary's life and say goodbye. Indeed, we do not die into nothingness, but into the arms of God.
August 30, 2006
Gary fought the good fight and taught us all to the end how to be proper followers of Christ. I will never forget the fire of the spirit in his eyes as he taught us at the School of Theology. His passion to teach the word and show others that to love people is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus has had an enormous inpact upon all of us. Leigh, we love you both. We greive the loss of Gary's presence with you. I will cherish and celebrate the memory his life and his inspiration always.
August 30, 2006
Thank you to everyone who has visited this site and posted a message. I am very grateful for your love and support. The best way you can honor the memory of my husband is to follow his basic teaching to "Love Everybody. Judge Nobody." By following the five New Old Fundamentals, as Gary wrote about in "Think Again: A Response to Fundamentlism's Claim on Christianity." Those 5 simple fundamentals are: 1. Christians love God with heart, soul and mind; 2. Christians try to live life so that they love neighbor as self; 3. Christians have faith in the goodness of God's creation and the goodness of life; 4. Christians live lives filled with joy, because that is the mark of one who loves God, loves neighbor and has faith in the goodness of life; and 5. Christians do not judge other people. Those who follow these fundamentals are Christians.
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