GALLIPOLIS — Larry Michael Cox, 66, of Gallipolis, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Holzer Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born June 7, 1948, in Bladen, Ohio, the son of the late Franklin Monroe "Pete" and Mary Elizabeth Martin Cox. Larry attended school in the Hannan Trace School District. He worked with his father in his auto body shop from 1961 to 1972. He went to work for G&J Auto Parts in Gallipolis in 1973 until 1992, at which time an injury forced his retirement.
He enjoyed painting cars in his spare time and working on engines. With his son, he built several drag racing cars. He never missed NHRA drag racing on television and always cheered on John Force and Ford. He had never owned anything but a Ford his entire life. He spent most of his time lately sitting on the front porch in his rocking chair, visiting with his neighbors.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Gardner Cox, of Gallipolis; daughter Amanda Diana (Bradley) Perry, of Jackson; son Stephen Michael (Gina) Cox, of Cheshire; four granddaughters, Stephanie and Madeleine Polcyn and Elizabeth and Mackenzie Perry, all of Jackson; brother and sister-in-law Donald and Kathy Cox, of Gallipolis; sisters and brothers-in-law Sandra and Ben Runyon, of Bidwell, and Nancy and Steve Buck, of Gallipolis; and half-brother Ronnie (Carolyn) Cox and half-sister Juanita (Dan) Finn, both of Lima, Ohio.
Three aunts also survive: Ora Bass, of Syracuse, Betty Wicks, of Lancaster, and Margaret Cline, of Beverly; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freddy Martin Cox; and a sister, Cynthia Louise Cox.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cheesebrew officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire. Friends may call the funeral home between 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Cox, Bradley Perry, Duke Alley, Matthew Alley, Joey Alley and Kenny Madden. Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Jones.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.