Mary C. Cox
May 15, 1931 - January 9, 2014
Asheville, NC- Teacher, educator and principal Mary C. Cox died Thursday, January 9, 2014. Memorial services will be held at Hope Mills Pine Crest Funeral Home, Dunrobin Dr., Hope Mills, NC on Friday, 2 p.m. January, 17. A family reception will follow the service at Hope Mills United Methodist Church, 4955 Legion Rd., Hope Mills, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Methodist Children's Home Macon: www.themethodisthome.org/: Church; www.foresthillsmacon.com/ or Hope Mills United Methodist Church;
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ray Cox. Mrs. Cox is survived by her daughter Suzanne Townsend (Suzie) of Easton, Md: sons Raymond (Chipper) Cox of Hot Springs Village, AR; and Sammy Cox of Asheville, NC; five grandchildren Jaime Stup of Nottingham, MD; Jordan Moore of Cambridge, MD; Taylor Cox of Nashville, TN; Nathan Cox of Cabot, AR; Carson Cox of Boone, NC; great grand child Morgan Moore of Nottingham, MD; sisters Ellen Thompson of Wilmington, NC; Nancy Smith of Morrisville, NC; and brother Franklin M. Carter, Jr. of Hope Mills, NC; sister-in-law Peggy Carter of Hope Mills; daughter-in-law Candace Cox of Asheville, NC and son-in-law E.C. Townsend of Easton, Md.
Born in Hope Mills, NC to Mary Jackson Carter and Franklin M. Carter. She attended elementary and high school at Pineland Jr. College in Salemburg, NC. She received her B.A. and Masters degrees from Western Carolina College (University) in Cullowhee, NC. Mary also received her Specialist in Education Degree from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. She was a member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church and the Grace Bible Sunday School Class.
Mary taught school in Greenville, SC and Macon, Ga. She organized, developed curriculum and taught the first classes for mildly mentally handicapped students at the high school level in Bibb County. She served on the board of the Macon Association of the Mentally Handicap and was active in the Council for Exceptional Children. In 1987, she retired as Principal of Rosa Taylor Elementary School where she served seventeen years.
Her long tenure in education and early avocation for exceptional children left a lasting impression on her students, parents, teachers, staff and colleagues. In the words of her sister-in-law, "She made all people feel special."
Pinecrest Funeral & Cremation Services
4721 Dunrobin Dr Hope Mills, NC 28348
Published in The Telegraph on Jan. 14, 2014