GODFREY — Leo Chester Cox of Alton, 71, received rest and peace at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Alton Memorial with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 29, 1942, in St. Louis, and was the son of the late Norval and Amanda Butler Cox.
He married Charlene Lucas, June 4, 1960. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Matilda Cox, and a brother, Donald Cox.
He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Wendy Gray, of Alton; three sons, Cleveland (Lisa) Cox of Liberty Township, Ohio , Leo Cox Jr. of Alton and Michael (Tonya) Cox of Bethalto, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild. In addition to his children, he is survived by two brothers, Norval Cox Jr. of Alton, Samuel Cox Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Barbara Weeden (Curtis Faulkner) of Alton, plus a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Leo was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1964. He worked at General Motors in the parts division. He retired from Shell Oil. He was very active in the community. He was a member of the 100 Black Men of Alton, American Legion Post 354, Friends of the 60's/ABA, NAACP, the Leathernecks, the Urban League and the Wood River Refinery Retired Association.
Leo was on bowling teams (Magnificent Seven and Just Us). He loved golfing, dancing and going to Alton High games.
Catholic Prayer Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday March 14, 2014, at Cathy M. Williams and Sons Funeral Home in Alton.
Visitation will be from 9 until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday March 15, at St. James Baptist Church in Alton.
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