John W. Cox (1935 - 2016)

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John Wayne Cox, 81, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in his home on the edge of a golf course in Montgomery, Texas. He was born on March 8, 1935 to Clyde Cox and Lois Park Cox in Slate Shoals, Texas on the banks of the Red River, the fifth of their six children. A proud Son of the Republic of Texas, John's childhood was spent primarily in northeast Texas playing baseball and basketball and chopping and picking cotton. He graduated from Chicota High School in 1953, attended East Texas State Teachers College, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1957. At SMU, John met the love of his life, Nancy Seeman, on a blind date and negotiated the biggest deal of his life when she agreed to marry him. The newlyweds settled in Texas City, Texas where they raised their three daughters, Patricia, Sharron, and Marjorie.

John began his vocational life as a civics and history teacher at Texas City High School. He long credited the kind actions of well-placed acquaintances in Texas City for providing the opportunity that allowed him to get his start in the financial services industry in 1959. John obtained an advanced degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU in 1965 and was employed at Texas City National Bank and the Bank of Galveston. In 1978, he left banking and established John Cox Realty in Santa Fe, Texas. He later became a builder, developing numerous subdivisions in Santa Fe and later in Montgomery County where he and Nancy "retired."

A hallmark of John's life was his commitment of service to others, both through civic, political, and religious involvements. He was active in the Texas City Jaycees, serving as President in 1960, and was awarded the Jaycee's Outstanding Young Man in 1961. As chairman of the chamber's education committee, he became aware of the need for a junior college on the mainland of Galveston County so that others, like him, could benefit from being able to obtain advanced education. Working with others, John walked door-to-door to ensure the passage of the bond issue to create the College of the Mainland. He ultimately served on the board of COM for twelve years, from 1971 to 1983. John was Chairman of the local Red Cross in 1961, which required him to serve as a disaster shelter manager for three days, ensuring adequate food and water for 300 people who sheltered at Texas City High School during Hurricane Carla. In the 1960s, John shared his knowledge of finance and investment with others by co-founding the Negro Investment Club. John was a committed Christian, active in leadership at St. George's Episcopal Church, Texas City; Holy Trinity Episcopal, Dickinson; and St. James the Apostle, Conroe. He served on various committees and commissions of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. John was active in lay ministry by leading many Faith Alive, Marriage Encounter, and Engaged Encounter weekends. John served on the board of St. Vincent's House for many years and co-founded H.I.S. Ministries in Santa Fe. In the 1990s, he and Nancy started the TLC House, a half-way house for women leaving prison. In the last few years, John supported Child Advocates, worked in prison ministry and jail chaplaincy, and enjoyed cooking lunch with fellow members of St. James for the Salvation Army in Conroe. He was a Master Gardener and found much joy coaxing green life, fruit, and vegetables from the soil of his many gardens.

John is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Nancy Seeman Cox; his daughters and grandchildren Patricia Cox Snyder and her husband George of Houston, grandchildren Nicholas, John, and Adrienne; the Rev. Sharron L. Cox of Waco; and Marjorie L. Cox of The Woodlands and grandson Benjamin; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and David Phillips, and his sister-in-law Carol M. Cox; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Joe Snead; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, the "Cuban" contingent, and his golfing buddies. The family is especially grateful for the friendship of Susan Strohmeyer and Larry Pullara and John's caregivers over the last month.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:00 at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, 1803 Highland Hollow Drive in Conroe, Texas. The Rev. Jerald Hyche will officiate. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations in John's name be made to St. Vincent's House, the College of the Mainland, or the .


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