GALLIPOLIS — Donald E. Cox, 88, of Patriot, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Abbyshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gallipolis.
He was born June 13, 1925, in Lawrence County, Ohio, the son of the late Earl and Mary Lunsford Cox.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four sisters, Dorothy Stewart, Lyndall Rapp, Martia Penix and Carolyn Warren; and two brothers, Steven Cox and Stewart Cox. His wife, Armella J. Cox, also preceded him in death in 1995.
He was retired from USS Chemicals in Haverhill, Ohio, where he was a shift foreman. He was a graduate of Hanging Rock High School. He was a frequent producer and seller of vegetables at the Huntington Farmers Market and worked with his father and grandfather, Uri Tracy Cox, producing and selling apples and vegetables in area markets during the 1940s, '50s and '60s. He and his family raised and sold registered polled hereford cattle for many years in Gallia County. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his brother Phillip Cox, of Jackson, Ohio; his children Cindy Staley, of Patriot, and retired Judge Donald Andrew Cox and his wife, Sharon, of Grove City, Ohio; his grandchildren Audrey Cox, of Columbus, Ohio, Allen Cox, of Houston, Sarah Rei, of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis with Pastor John Jackson of New Life Lutheran Church officiating. A private burial will follow at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, where he will be interred next to his wife, Armella.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to New Life Lutheran Church in Gallipolis. Friends may call from noon until the time of the services Saturday at Willis Funeral Home.
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