Ronnie Sox "The Boss," 67, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Burlington, N.C., lost his courageous battle with prostate cancer at his home on Saturday, April 22, 2006. The Boss, as he was often referred to, was in the minds of many, the greatest drag racer in the history of the sport. His following and his fan base, even to this day, was a true testament to his success both on and off the drag strip. Ronnie is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Alecia Diane Sox; his faithful and loyal Maltese, Phoebe Mae Sox of Richmond, Va.; his father, Willard M. Sox of Burlington, N.C.; three sons, Dean (Lynn) Sox and Jeff Sox, all of Mt. Olive, N.C., Mike (Tammy) Page, of Mebane, N.C.; one daughter, Rhonda Poleo of Kure Beach, N.C.; two brothers, Tommy (LaRue) Sox, and David (Pam) Sox; one sister, Sandra (O'Delle) Binkley, all of Burlington, N.C.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other family members; his two lifelong friends, Bill and David McCaskill of Burlington, N.C., Lloyd (Erma) Desper of Richmond, Va.; fellow racers, all his golfing buddies at Shamrock Golf Course, many devoted and loyal fans; and last but not least, longtime racing partner and friend, Buddy Martin and wife, Carolyn, of Fayetteville, N.C. The family extends a special thanks to Bon Secours Hospice and Doctors Sam and Richard Graham, Katie Lloyd and Bernie Tisdale. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel, 1771 Parham Road. Visitation will also be held Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. both days at Rich and Thompson Funeral Service, 207 East Elm Street, Graham, N.C., where there will also be a memorial service Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment private.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.