Mr. Darius Bradford Cox, "Big D", departed this life suddenly Tuesday night, April 9, 2013. He was born Aug. 31, 1992, in Beaufort, S.C.

Darius was baptized and joined St. Peter's RZUA Church at an early age. He attended Dinwiddie County High School. He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Falcons. He possessed a special love, affection and competitive edge for playing Madden and 2K. This became an avenue for special bonding time with his friends and he spent numerous hours doing so. He enjoyed cooking his favorite dishes, singing and dancing. His nephews and younger cousins loved the playful moments they shared together.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Georgia L. Cox; grandfather, Lester Cox; great-grandmothers, Leoana B. Green and Lorraine Wyche; aunt, Lester J. Martin, uncles, Iraseal Cox and Clarence Wyche; and a devoted friend, Carlos "Snoop" Manson.

Darius was a loving son, brother, grandson, father, nephew, cousin and friend. His special love for his family & friends, sense of humor and contagious smile will be missed by all. Darius has left us too soon, but the loving memories of him will forever live in our hearts.

He is survived by his parents, retired gunnery Sgt. Wilkie B. Cox Sr. and Sharon E. Cox, one devoted & loving brother, Wilkie B. Cox Jr. "BJ", all of Petersburg; grandmother, Helen E. Bradford (Albert) of South Chesterfield; grandfather, Nathan A. Bradford Sr. of Petersburg; daughters, Lauryn Jae Cox & Darionna Cox; aunts, Lynn Wyche of South Chesterfield, and Bertha B. Alexander of Holly Springs, Miss.; uncles, Leon Bradford (Marie) of Durham N.C., Calvin Bradford (Jacelyn) of Chester, Nathan A. Bradford Jr. of Petersburg, Lawrence Cox (Linda) of Aurora, Ill., Robert Cox (Dorothy) of Holly Springs, Miss., Levi Cox, and Grayland Cox of Holly Springs, Miss., and Henry Martin of Holly Springs, Miss.; three nephews, Aiden Cox, T'mon Cox, and Jailen Cox; godsister, Raven E. Banks; a goddaughter, Jahlaiya Smith. Darius is also survived by a host of loving great-aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends; devoted and special friends to include, Keyona Bell, Yasmine Wilson, Alexis Parker, Sophia Wiggins, James Manson, Jaeon Chavis, Ronald Jordan, Trent Wiggins and Cadero Manson.

A service celebrating Darius' life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., officiating, and the Rev. Alvera Perrish, eulogizing, pastor of the St. Peters RZUA Church. Burial will follow at the Dinwiddie Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, 530 South Sycamore St., Petersburg 804-863-4411.

Funeral Home

Johnson Services-Petersburg
530 S. Sycamore Street  Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 863-4411

Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2013