James Franklin “Jim” Cox, Sr

James Franklin “Jim” Cox, Sr

Birth
McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA
Death 30 Sep 1968 (aged 90)
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Burial Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 44488635 · View Source
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Gospel preacher. He spoke on the 1st Annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman College in 1937. Bio in Gospel Advocate, Dec. 5, 1940, 1164.

James F. Cox Sr., former professor, dean, and president of Abilene Christian College, died September 30, in Cox Memorial Hospital. He was 90. Funeral services were Tuesday, 2 P. M., in College church of Christ. George Bailey, Dr. Don H. Morris, and Dr. Walter H. Adams, dean of the college officiated. Brother Cox was a member of the first ACC faculty (1906-1907) and served two terms as president (1911-12 and 1932-40). Professor emeritus of Bible and president emeritus at the time of his death, he was the only man to twice serve as chief executive of ACC. Brother Cox was born in McLeansboro, Ill., April 2, 1878. The son of native Tennesseans, he and his family moved to Erath County, Texas, in 1884 and he had been a Texan ever since. Graduating from the University of Texas in 1904, he accepted the presidency of Lingleville Christian College for two years until his health failed. He resigned to take his first job with ACC. In 1906 he joined A. B. Barret, Charles H. Roberson and others on the first faculty of Childers Classical Institute, now Abilene Christian College. In May, 1911, he was chosen president of Childers, succeeding R. L. Whiteside. After only a summer of work, he was called to Midway where his wife lay critically ill, and had to resign. He returned to Abilene Christian in 1919 and served as head of the Department of Education until 1923. Then from 1924 to 1932 he was dean of the college under President Batsell Baxter and helped move the college from the old six-acre campus downtown to the present site in 1929. From 1932 to 1940 he served as president again, taking the school through the gloomy days of the depression. After eight years, Cox asked to be relieved of the presidency to teach full time. For eleven years he taught Bible and devoted more time for his duties at College church, where he had been an elder since 1920. He retired from ACC in May, 1951. He had lived in Abilene near the college since 1951. In 1956 he received the honorary Doctor of Laws degree from ACC. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. E. C. Thompson of Richardson; a son, Dr. James F. Cox, Jr., Houston; a brother, Dr. A. B. Cox, Austin; a sister, Mrs. C. H. Carr, Abilene; and four grandchildren. -- Bill England. - Gospel Advocate October 31, 1968, page 703.


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 17 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44488635
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Franklin “Jim” Cox, Sr (2 Apr 1878–30 Sep 1968), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44488635, citing Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .