|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1931|
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 2009|
After a courageous battle for many years with Parkinson's Disease and many complications of this cruel disease, Charles Cox passed away peacefully at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center with his loving wife Mary at his side. They were married in 1972 and had celebrated their 36th anniversary in September, 2008.
Charles was the son of Charlie B. Cox and Evelyn Swift Cox. He graduated from Marathon Texas High School in 1950 and received an AA Degree from Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, TX, in 1959. Mr. Cox was preceded in death by a brother Howard Cox of Houston, TX and a sister Edith Schwartz of Atlanta, GA
Besides his wife he is survived by three children and and their spouses, three sisters, a brother and his wife, and one granddaughter.
In 1954 he was drafted into the Army and served two years handling supply records and maintaining equipment in Ft. Hood, TX. Then he served another year in the Army Active Reserve in Uvalde as Supply Sergeant. He received a National Defense Service Medal. Up until then he worked with various companies usually on a part-time basis juggling several jobs at a time. A very able and conscientious worker who was willing to try anything, he was an auto mechanic, telegrapher-clerk with a railroad company, "robbed" bees with Big Bend Honey Co., a gas station attendant, and a salesman of everything from light bulbs to insurance, mutual funds, etc.
After being discharged from the Army and active reserve, Charles worked as a postman with the U.S. Post Office in Uvalde for one year. In 1960, he decided that Law Enforcement was his career interest and for eight years worked in the U.S. Border Patrol as an Immigration Patrol Inspector between Texas and Mexico. He then obtained employment with the U.S. Customs Service, Department of the Treasury, starting out as a Customs Inspector at the bridge between El Paso, TX, and Juarez, Mexico; thereafter receiving promotions with corresponding titles. In 1972, Charles was transferred to U.S. Customs Service, Office of Patrol, Washington, D.C. where he had many different assignments. He attained the title of Supervisory Customs Patrol Officer. He retired on May 2, 1986, and then for a couple of years worked on background checks for both the Army and Navy.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Front Royal, VA. He was also a member of: Lions Club, Big Brothers of National Capital Area, Toastmasters, Moose, Elks, Narfe, Parkinson's Support Group, and several other clubs.
Charlie was gentle and kind, loved life and all its challenges dealing well with whatever happened with a positive attitude and always looking at the bright side and helping anyone who needed assistance. Hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, and traveling. When he and his wife retired they realized their dream of seeing as much of the world as possible. They traveled to other countries as well as most of the states in this country, exchanging time-share weeks and attending Elderhostels, or just taking off on "adventure" trips. As time progressed they went on cruises which were more relaxing, but managed to explore every stop along the way which included many islands in the Caribbean, a cruise and land tour in Alaska, and eight capital cities on a Norwegian cruise.
Charles Cox will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him. Charlie, may the good Lord and you watch over us until we meet again.
---NV Daily 2/5/2009
Mary C Cox (1926 - 2013)
Stonewall Memory Gardens
Prince William County
Created by: FDP
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
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