James Monroe Cox(1920 - 2013)

James Monroe Cox


James Monroe Cox, 92, husband of the late Velma Wilbanks Cox, died Monday, January 14, 2013. Born June 21, 1920 in Greenville SC, he was a son of the late Gustus "Gus" Monroe Cox and Ollie Iola Massingille Cox.

He graduated from Westville High School and also attended Clemson University (formerly known as Clemson College). Mr. Cox was a US Army Veteran of WWII and was stationed in Egypt and surrounding areas in the Middle East. He was a longtime member of Earle Street Baptist Church where he held numerous positions within the church. His involvement in other local organizations included the Greenville Exchange Club and the Carolina Golf and Tennis Club. His hobbies were building furniture and making Christian crosses to give out to the community.

Monroe retired from G. M. Cox & Company which was originally started in 1919 by his father, Gus Cox, in Greenville SC. After the death of his father in 1963, he and his brother, Harold Cox, continued the business until 1995.

Surviving is his daughter, Sharon Cox Stanaland and her husband Jerry; a grandson, James Cox Stanaland, a granddaughter, Susan Stanaland Causey and her husband Kevin, all of North Myrtle Beach, SC. He also has three great grandchildren: Lee Monroe Stanaland, Greysen Ryan Whitehead, and Tanner Cox Stanaland. Monroe is also survived by his two sister-in-laws: Johnnie Wilbanks McCrary and Jo Wilbanks Biggs and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by his siblings: Robert Frank Cox, Taula Mae Cox, Hazel Odessa Cox, Evelyn Cox Young, William Marshall Cox, and Frances Cox Hamilton. Mr. Cox is survived by his brother, Harold Troy Cox.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Earle Street Baptist Church and officiated by Dr. Stephen Clyborne. Interment will be at First Christian Church, 704 Edwards Road, Greenville SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for memorials be made to Earle Street Baptist Church, 225 Earle Street, Greenville SC 29609 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville SC 29605. Expressions of concern may be made to the family at the conclusion of the memorial service.


Published in The Greenville News on Jan. 19, 2013