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 Anna Maude <I>Cox</I> Southern

Anna Maude Cox Southern

Death 11 Nov 2009 (aged 104)
Burial Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA
Plot Section MM9 Lot 19 Space EER
Memorial ID 45637680 · View Source
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Anna Maude Cox Southern, 104, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Polk Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lane Boyd, senior pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in Llano Mausoleum by Boxwell Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ann was born Dec. 17, 1904, in Haskell to Burwell and Cora Cox, business and landowners in Haskell County. She attended Haskell High School, proud that she was their oldest living graduate, and later Clarendon Methodist College. She married James Leo Southern Sr. in 1923 and had two sons, James Leo Southern Jr. and Burwell Willis Southern, while living in Haskell.

During that time, she participated in the Methodist church, school and civic affairs, and was a partner of Jones Cox and Co., the family-owned furniture, hardware and undertaking business. She also served as postmaster of Haskell in the late '20s.

During the time her husband worked as an agent for the railroad, they lived in Seymour and Pampa before settling in 1940 in Amarillo, where Ann was very active in Polk Street United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and participating in Women's Mission Society. She also was active in the McDowell, Harmony and Philharmonic music clubs. She was a charter member of the Amarillo Symphony, and a member of Panhandle Speech and Arts Association, the Delphian Society, a member of PEO Chapter AI, the Altrusa Club, Town Club, Amarillo Club and Amarillo Country Club. She served as president of the Les Temps Club, served on the YWCA board as financial chairwoman and president, and was active in United Way. Ann and her husband helped organize the first National Toastmaster Club in Amarillo in 1942.

During World War II, Ann served as a Red Cross nurse's aide volunteer at St. Anthony's Hospital and the Veteran's Hospital and made speeches on the radio, at civic clubs and theaters selling War Bonds.

In 1947, Leo left the railroad, and they formed Southern Furniture, where Ann did most of the buying for the business until their retirement in 1978.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters, her husband of 59 years and her eldest son, Leo Southern Jr.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Burwell Southern and wife Joyce; a daughter-in-law, Betty Southern; four grandchildren, James Leo "Jim" Southern III and wife Linda of Boston, Lucy Southern of Amarillo, Karen Chadwick of Grand Prairie and Laura Bennett and husband Cory of Quinlan; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Amarillo Globe-News, Nov. 13, 2009

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  • Created by: Walter Dunn
  • Added: 20 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45637680
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Maude Cox Southern (17 Dec 1904–11 Nov 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45637680, citing Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Walter Dunn (contributor 46835578) .