March 30, 1933 – June 30, 2018
Tully Cox, 84, of Altoona passed away June 30, 2018. Graveside service with military honors will be at 2:30p.m Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Morgan Funeral Chapel directing. Tully grew up in Altoona and attended Susan Moore High. He left school at age 16 to join the army. Tully became the youngest P.O.W in Korea. After intense fighting he was shot and lost both legs. He spent 2 ½ years as P.O.W. before returning home and marrying. He enjoyed a long life with family and friends. He was a generous man and will be missed by all. He is survived by his children, Johnny Cox, Lisa Cox Reagan, Donna Cox, and Jonathan Cox; grandchildren, Melissa Brigmon, Eric Cox, Tara Jett- McGraw, Lesley McGuffie, Gunner Cox, and Gatlin Cox; great grandchildren, Andrew Brigmon, Hayley McGuffie, Lauren Nicole Brigmon, and Donna (Stella) McGraw; along with one brother, Joe Cox.
July 6, 2018
I never met Tully, but heard his POW story from Grant McMillan in an interview I did with him for the documentary Task Force Faith. I was astonished by his toughness in what he went through at the POW camp, and it is amazing that he survived the loss of his legs in that environment. Grant talked about seeing him again many years later, and was so happy about how upbeat Tully seemed. From reading his obituary, it's clear that he didn't let anything stop him from having a great, full life and a wonderful family. His story will always inspire me and others.
July 5, 2018
Sincere sympathy to the family in your loss. My husband Jerry "Frenchie" Francois was a POW with Tully and shared many stories with our family about their time together. Jerry passed away six years ago. Several years ago we had the privilege of meeting him again at a Korean POW reunion. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Sincerely, Dawn Francois
Colorado Springs, Colorado