Delisa Curtis Cox
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"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. . . "
Delisa Curtis Cox passed from this life to the next on the evening of March 6, 2012 at her home on the Louisiana District Campground in Tioga, Louisiana. Delisa was the wife of District Superintendent Kevin V. Cox.
Delisa was the youngest daughter of Reverend Donald and Laveda Curtis, born in Sedalia, Missouri on September 15, 1961. At the age of 18, she married Kevin Cox, a young man she had been acquainted with since her baby-stroller days. For Delisa, life had always been - and would always be - an adventure. Joining hands and hearts with Kevin, the love of her life, they entered into the work of the ministry serving as Pastor in Wewahitchka, Florida (1980-1986) then on to Bogalusa, Louisiana, where Kevin had been brought up, to serve with his parents at First UPC Bogalusa from 1986-1998. The year 1998 brought them to Tioga, Louisiana, where they would remain. Their ministry grew in ever-widening circles.
Kevin Cox served as District Secretary from 1998-2005. Delisa had already been serving as Women's Ministries President for the state of Louisiana and the additional role of District Secretary's wife was not an additional burden, simply an additional way to meet people, to love people, to change people's lives just by being prayerfully present. In 2005, with the retirement of T. F. Tenney, Kevin Cox was elected Louisiana's 4th District Superintendent. Delisa flourished in this role that gave her myriad opportunities to pour light and love and laughter into the lives of women - and especially women in ministry - throughout the Bayou State, across the nation, and around the world.
She often signed cards and notes with the phrase, "Love, hugs, and smiles." She had a heart for the underprivileged and less fortunate people she encountered, and reached for them with inimitable love, care, strength - and love, hugs, and smiles. Whether in her role as pastor's wife, or women's ministry leader, or just being Delisa - her sign off said it all: Love, Hugs, Smiles. It was who she was.
Delisa is survived by her husband of 32 years, Kevin V. Cox; two sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Danielle, Stephen and Sylvia. Also cherishing her memory are her parents Reverend Donald and Laveda Curtis (Harrison, Arkansas), two sisters Debbie Barnhill (husband, Reverend Roy Barnhill) of Lumberton, North Carolina and Kathy Brown (husband, Reverend David Brown) of Kirksville, Missouri. Cherishing her memory will be her beloved father-in-law, Reverend Virgil W. Cox (wife, Martha), and sister-in-law, Dr. Rebecca Cox Patton (of Jackson, Mississippi). There are also nieces and nephews who will never forget their beloved Aunt Delisa. She is also survived by two special uncles and an aunt, Reverend Cecil and Nadine McCutcheon of Tioga, and Delmar "Shorty" Martin of Bellefonte, Arkansas.
Delisa was preceded in death by her beloved mother-in-law, friend and mentor, Ruby S. Cox as well as her grandparents.
Visitation will be Friday, beginning at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria. The memorial service will begin that evening at 7:00 pm. Participating in the service will be: Reverend Anthony Mangun, Rev. Terry Shock, and Reverend T. F. Tenney. Under the direction of White Oaks Funeral Home, Alexandria.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Louisiana District UPC (PO Box 248, Tioga, LA 71477) for the Delisa Cox Memorial.
Published in The Town Talk from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2012