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Asheville - Walter Gene Cox, Sr. died in his sleep in the early morning hours of April 4, 2014 at 84 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Smith Cox and Carrie Gilbert Cox and his youngest son, James Emerson Cox, Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Helen (Wade) Ward, Phyllis Pike, Peggy Cox and his brother Richard Cox.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Babb Cox and his son, Walter G. Cox, Jr., (Carol Gruber) , two grandsons, Brian E. Cox (Mariel Lynch) Cincinnati, OH and Benjamin F. Cox, Charlotte, NC.
He is also survived by a sister, Sandra Spratley (John) and two brothers, Jerry W. Cox (Judi) and Bill Cox (Carole), numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cox served in the US Army Air Force prior to graduating from Emory & Henry College, where he later served on their Board of Trustees. He had a long career in engineering and management at numerous companies with many entrepreneurial endeavors, including start-ups and turnarounds.
The family will have a private memorial service on April 12 to honor their patriarch. The family requests no floral tributes but for those wishing to honor his memory, feel free to give to a
in his memory.
Asheville Mortuary Services Inc
89 Thompson St Ste B
Asheville, NC 28803
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 7, 2014