RIDGWAY -- Alfred Charles "Charlie" Cox, 86, one of Ridgway's oldest residents, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at his home after an extended illness.
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Charlie, as most knew him, was born north of Ridgway on the farm Nov. 17, 1926, to the late Logan Sr. and Martha Chapman Cox. He was one of Illinois oldest licensed funeral directors, still practicing for the last 66 years.
Charlie was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army.
On Christmas day in 1948, he was married to a wonderful lady, Betty (Atkins) Cox, who survives. They had been married 65 years.
He was a Mason for more than 50 years, a 32nd degree Shriner, life member of Ridgway American Legion and VFW, was coroner for Gallatin County for 12 years and a deputy coroner for32 years. His passion was his life as a funeral director, dedicating the last 66 years to the people of Gallatin County. He will be greatly missed
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty (Atkins) Cox of Ridgway; his daughter, Sandy (Brent) Prather; his son, Tony (Gayla) Cox of Ridgway; grandchildren, Tara Sales, Erin Moss, Andrea, Spencer, Taylor and Jessica Cox; and great-grandchildren, Gage, Gunnar, Makenna, Zoey and Medley. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Judy Atkins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Logan Jr. and Ruth Cox; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Bill Wood; and a sister, Theola Cox.
Visitation for Charlie will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 6, in Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Mon-day, Oct. 7, at the funeral home. The service will be conducted by his family, with the Rev. Randy Davis, Father Phil DeVous and Father Steven Beatty assisting. His interment will be in Jackson Cemetery with military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the building funds at St. Kateri Catholic Church or Ridgway First Baptist Church in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013