|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1913|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1946|
Dr. Robert Houk "Bob" Cox, 33 years of age, of Murphy, North Carolina, departed this life on Saturday, December 7th, 1946 in the infamous Winecoff Hotel fire in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. He and his family were staying in Suite's 1002 and 1004 of the hotel.
Bob was a former staff doctor with TVA at Hiwasse and Fontana dam construction sites, and chairman of hometown's polio fund drive.
Bob was the husband of Billie Cox, who also died in the fire, she came to Atlanta, Georgia with him to go Christmas shopping and take 3 year-old son, Little Bob to see Santa Claus.
Little Bob survived the fire thanks to his father's final and courageous act. Robert while holding Little Bob leapt from their 10th, story window and plummeted toward a rescue net over 100 feet below. Little Bob landed squarely in the middle of the net, but Robert hit his head on the rim and died.
Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Kentucky.
THIS IS A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF DR. COX,
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Willie Henderson Crawford Cox (1911 - 1946)
Note: Obituary information courtesy of family and friends.
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Originally Created by: James Cope
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