NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Madison Cox passed away on October 9, 2013, at the age of 95. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Nina Behan Cox. Mr. Cox was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 25, 1918, to the late Mabel (Oliver) and Lucian Baum Cox. He grew up in Norfolk and graduated from Maury High School. He then earned a degree in Naval Architecture from Webb Institute. Mr. Cox was a veteran of World War II
and the Korean War
and retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects, the American Society of Naval Engineers, and a professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His civilian employment included Newport News Shipbuilding and Deepsea Ventures. Mr. Cox was a cofounder and first president of the Merrimac Dog Training Club. His dog was the first on the Peninsula to win the obedience titles of Companion Dog and Companion Dog Excellent. He was a life-long member of Freemason Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. One of Mr. Cox's greatest joys in life was his family. He is survived by his identical twin brother Alvin E. Cox, of California, and sister Mildred C. Goode, of Richmond; daughter Cee Cee Cox Alexander and her husband Dr. Edward L. Alexander III, of Delaware; son Charles Thomas Cox, of Indiana; seven grandchildren Meg Ashooh, Julie Derrick, Cynthia Olson, and Charlie, Parker, Alex, and Liza Cox; and three great-grandchildren Maisey Ashooh and Harper and Olivia Derrick. Mr. Cox's family will be having a private celebration of his life. The family would like to thank the staff at the Health Services of The Chesapeake for their devoted and exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Webb Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542-1398.