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Everett Russell Cox

January 6, 1939 — January 21, 2023

Everett Russell Cox, father, butcher, and carpenter, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the age of 84. He was surrounded by family. He was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky, to Pleasant Alonzo Cox and Hila Esther Paul Cox, the fifth of 9 children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Carl Cox, Denver Cox, Billy Joe Cox, and Paul Cox; and his sisters Phyllis Cox Caddel, and Yvonne Cox Jones. He was survived by his sisters Betty Cox Lawson and Barbara Cox Hammons; his children named below; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He grew up in the mountains, roaming the hills, climbing trees, finding a swimming hole, making moonshine, and learning to live off the land. He helped provide for the family even as a boy, by fishing and picking poke. He loved music, God, and good food. He learned to play guitar and sang often in church. He married Wilma Thomas in 1957 and they had 7 children all still living: Judy Ann Cox Watts, Sidney M. Cox, Velma Jean Cox Watts, Janet Bonita Cox Malone, Sheila E. Cox Irwin, Patty Faye Cox Gerry, and Everett Russell Cox, Jr. Although he did not meet his goal of living to the age of 100, he lived a full life, independent, and even beyond normal life expectancy.


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