Brenda Cox

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Brenda Davis Cox of Richlands, was called to Heaven peacefully on June 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Sept. 5th, 1952, in Bladenboro, Brenda was the second of eight children to Paul and Frances Davis. Always an avid reader, Brenda received a teaching fellows scholarship to Mount Olive College and UNC Wilmington. Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching position with the North Carolina Public School system teaching reading lab to elementary school children at Richlands Elementary School. She later earned her Master's Degree of Library Science and became the Librarian at Richlands Elementary School and later transferred to Dixon Elementary School in Sneads Ferry until she retired in 2003, with 30 years of service. Her teaching style always included activities outside the normal curriculum, as well as specifically aimed lessons for children to peak their interests in books and reading.

After her retirement, she could be found working in her yard, playing golf at Rock Creek Country Club, where she was the ladies' club champion 22 times and scored a hole in one, or volunteering at the Richlands Community Outreach Ministry. She also loved to cook and would collect cookbooks while sharing the various recipes with members of the community, normally by baking recipes she thought people would enjoy. If she heard someone mention a snack or goodie that they enjoyed, Brenda would have that specific treat baked and to them the next day and ask nothing in return. She would always have a list of things to do for others in the community at all times, regardless of the costs or time involved to herself.

Brenda is preceded in death by her husband, Donnie; mother, Frances Davis; infant brother, Timmy Davis; and sister-in-law, Linda Stuart. She is survived by her son, William "B.P" Cox, and wife Christy of Raleigh; and her father, Paul Davis, of Bladenboro. Siblings include three sisters and three brothers, Ellen Gause of Elizabethtown, Marie Jackson of Bladenboro, Pam Taylor of Wilmington, Tommy Davis of Bladenboro, Bobby Davis of Elizabethtown, and Jimmy Davis of Bladenboro. Other survivors include sister-in-law, Linda Cox Worrell of Richlands; and brother-in-law, Ronnie Cox of Richlands. She is also survived by nine nephews and two nieces.

A private burial of her ashes will take place the morning of Saturday, June 29, at the Cox Family Cemetery of Richlands. A public memorial service will be held at the Richlands First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. that same day. Visitors are encouraged to dress very casually per Brenda's request for this service.

In lieu of flowers, Brenda requested that anyone reading this obituary take time to get a colonoscopy and take time to learn about the signs of colon cancer. Any monetary donations should be given in her memory to (1) the Community Home Care and Hopice Foundation of Leland, 497 Olde Waterford Way Ste 208, Leland, NC 28451 (2) Richlands Community Outreach Ministry, 9103 Richlands Highway, Richlands, NC 28574, (3) Boy Scout Troop 215 c/o First Christian Church, 424 Trott Rd, Richlands, NC 28574, (4) Richlands Volunteer Fire Dept Inc., PO Box 616, Richlands, NC 28574, or (5) the V Foundation for Cancer Research (

The family wishes to especially thank Hospice Nurse Kristina Johnson and Nursing Aides Sheri Edwards and Maize Morrisey for their dedicated care of Brenda during her illness.

Published in Jacksonville Daily News from June 26 to June 29, 2013