Asa Joseph Cox (1938 - 2014)

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Asa Joseph Cox, 76, passed away July 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Mary Cox; brother, Daniel Cox; and a sister, Anne Montgomery.

Asa was born on May 31, 1938, in Gainesville, Fla., the son of Mary Wright Cox and Daniel Richard Cox.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Margaret Chandler Cox; three children, son, Daniel Cox (Xiomara), of St. Augustine; and daughters, Susan Cox (Brad Thomas), of Tallahassee, Fla., and Peggy Woods (Michael) of St. Augustine; stepdaughters, Margaret Stephens (Scott) of Houston, Texas, and Suzanne Heeren of Bolton, Mass. Also surviving are grandchildren, Danielle Cox, Ana Thomas, Michael Woods, Christopher Woods, Hannah Stephens, Andrew Stephens, Abigail Stephens, Emily Heeren, Kirsten Heeren, Jack Heeren, Michael Heeren, Kiley Heeren and Aiden Heeren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Eloise Ricks Chandler, of St. Augustine, and his loyal protector and dear little dog, Gus.

Asa attended Gainesville High School where he excelled in athletics and academics. He was awarded a full football scholarship to the University of Florida, where he continued to excel in his athletic career while earning his bachelor"s degree in business. In 1959, the UF football coaching staff honored Asa with the coveted Forest King "Fergie" Ferguson Award, the highest football award bestowed by the University. Following graduation, several NFL teams invited Asa to team tryouts, but he declined, making the decision to stay in Gainesville and raise his family and build a local business.

Asa co-owned Cox Furniture in downtown Gainesville at the previous site of the Gainesville Opera House. Cox Furniture was the premiere Gainesville furniture retail store in north central Florida, featuring innovative and classic pieces valued throughout the region.

Asa was a devout Catholic and a member of the Cathedral Basilica. He and Maggie moved to St. Augustine in 1996, where he was very active in his Catholic faith, contributing to his parish and community in many different endeavors, including renovations to the former House of Prayer at the Mission Nombre de Dios, Prince of Peace Votive Church and St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.

Asa made a lasting contribution to his faith, his alma mater, and his community in Gainesville and St. Augustine. He will be missed by his family, friends and those who were influenced by his leadership and character.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Craig Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, with Rosary Prayers starting at 7 p.m. The funeral service with be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church with burial to follow in San Lorenzo Cemetery. Father Liguori, of St. Patrick Parish, will be officiating the services.

He would ask and the family would gratefully appreciate that in lieu of food or flowers, donations be made to St. Francis House, 70 Washington Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements.


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Published in St. Augustine Record from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2014
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