James N. Cox
Cocoa Beach, FL
Jim, 75, from Cocoa Beach and originally from South Charleston, WV, passed away on Sunday, 13 October, 2013, leaving behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Nancy, daughter Cathy, son Bill, sister Sherry Chalice and her family, brother-in-Law Jerry Griffith and family, and cousins Bob Adkins and Chuck Roberts.
Jim led an exciting James Bond (007) kind of life….stuff movies are made of. After graduating from South Charleston HS, working as a Police Officer, graduating from Morris Harvey College and attending WVU Law School, Jim traveled the world as a Special Agent with Naval Investigative Service (now known as NCIS). He spent considerable time during his career in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia successfully solving cases involving the international drug trade and other high profile crimes. Jim led security teams for presidents, political figures and heads of state. He was experienced in anti-terrorist tactics and assisted in the release of US Brigadier General Dozier who was kidnapped by the Italian Red Brigade. He participated in solving the spy case involving the US Embassy in Moscow. Regarded as an expert interrogator, Jim had a reputation for "always getting his man". Even while working full time, Jim earned his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College in Winter Park. He was an avid pilot for many years, inspired by seeing General Chuck Yeager fly along the Kanawha River in WV.
During the past 20 years, Jim enjoyed the good life in Cocoa Beach. He will be remembered most for his generosity, sense of humor, mischievous behavior and never ending pranks. A celebration of Jim's life will be held in Cocoa Beach at Beachwinds Condominium, on Friday, October 25, 5-8pm.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 20, 2013