Ronnie Sox


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.

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Its been thirteen years ago today that you left us and you, as always, are still missed. I've been a Sox and Martin fan since I was fifteen years old and have so many great memories of you and your driving skills. You will always be my favorite driver from the Golden Age of Drag Racing. No one could stir a Hurst shifter the way and as quickly as you did. These days door slammer racing just isn't as much fun as it was back in the heyday of Super Stock racing and I'm thankful you were able to...

Mopar or no car, that's what I'm talking about
Ronnie was the best.

I am a feature writer on Challengerforum and wrote a special tribute to Ronnie ("Mr. 4-Speed"). It can be found at:

The article starts out as follows:

"Ronnie Sox is one of the greatest Mopar drag racers. Like many who eventually became professional racers, 'The Boss,' grew up around cars, raised in the shadow of his familys Sinclair service station. As soon as he was...

A truly great memory and equally time of life, those days are the glory days of Drag Racing always will be. You transported your own car, you financed a great deal of it, you worked on your own car,
you raced your own car.
Why would someone go through all that time, trouble and expense.
Love of the Drag! It's in your blood. It breaths life into you.
As a spectator it gave me some of the same thrill, thanks for that.
I hope there is 1320' in your heaven.

I wrote an illustrated tribute to Ronnie on I greatly admired him as a teenager. He was my favorite Mopar racer.

The greatest ever,my cousin is Buddy Martin and he was family to me.

After all these years gone by , your driving skills have yet to be matched...Rest in peace!

Ronnie put graphic shafts in my first set of Taylor mades in 1985. Rest in piece my friend. And Rhonda I married your friend teresa gerringer from high school. Hope you are well.

While working in NC in 1961 on many Sundays I would go to Sanford drag strip. Saw Ronnie race what I think was a 61 Impala 409 Chevy. The big event of the day was a match race between a Pontiac, Chevy and a 60 Ford. All were SS class except the Ford which was running a four speed tranny and we all know it was 62 before Ford had a factory four speed. If anyone remembers anything about these days at Sanford contact me on FB Messenger.