C. Ervin Cox

November 24, 1937May 20, 2021

“We are grateful we have loved him and heartbroken to have lost him.”

C. Ervin Cox, 83, returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 20, 2021. He was born in Henry County on November 24, 1937 to the late Jesse James Cox Sr. and Mary Alice Wright Cox. In addition to his parents, Ervin was preceded in death by four sisters, Lois Cox, Minnie Edmonds, Lucy Hopkins, and Vera Rogers; three brothers, Robert, George and Jesse Cox Jr.

Ervin is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Freda Byrd Cox; daughters, Sheila Hubbard (William), Anne Cox Moore and Renee Cowher (Tim); grandchildren, Jodi Light (Brandon), Tink Cooper (Chase), Haley Moore, Cameron Haynes, Kaylan Cowher, Haley Hubbard; great grandchildren, BellaGrace Light, Brenna Light, Brodi Light, Kennedy Moore, Raelyn Cooper; sister Hazel Norman; sister-in-law Myrtle Cox; numerous nieces and nephews.

Ervin retired from being the owner and operator of the Village Market in Bassett where he made many great friends that became like family. He was very good hearted with a mischievous nature. He really enjoyed gardening, fishing, porch sitting, watching his birds, being around people and making them laugh. His friendliness and kindness to all people, and his devotion and love for his family is a tribute to the beauty of his heart and soul.

A floating visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Collins Funeral Home. Friends and family may sign the guestbook. Due to COVID 19 concerns, a private graveside service will held at a later time.

For those wishing to honor Ervin through a memorial, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren, 144 Mount Hermon Church Road, Bassett, VA 24055 or Amedysis Hospice, 5221 Valley Park Drive, Suite 2, Roanoke, VA 24019.


  • Jesse James Cox, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Mary Alice Wright Cox, Mother (deceased)
  • Lois Cox, Sister (deceased)
  • Minnie Edmonds, Sister (deceased)
  • Lucy Hopkins, Sister (deceased)
  • Vera Rogers, Sister (deceased)
  • Robert Cox, Brother (deceased)
  • George Cox, Brother (deceased)
  • Jesse Cox, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Freda Cox, Wife of 60 years
  • Sheila Hubbard, Daughter
  • William Hubbard, Son-in-law
  • Anne Cox Moore, Daughter
  • Renee Cowher, Daughter
  • Tim Cowher, Son-in-law
  • Jodi Light, Granddaughter
  • Brandon Light, Jodi's husband
  • Tink Cooper, Granddaughter
  • Chase Cooper, Tink's husband
  • Haley Moore, Granddaughter
  • Cameron Haynes, Grandson
  • Kaylan Cowher, Granddaughter
  • Haley Hubbard, Granddaughter
  • Bella Grace Light, Great Granddaughter
  • Brenna Light, Great Granddaughter
  • Brodi Light, Great Grandchild
  • Kennedy Moore, Great Grandaughter
  • Raelyn Cooper, Great Granddaughter
  • Hazel Norman, Sister
  • Myrtle Cox, Sister-in-law
  • Ervin is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Cameron Haynes, Active
  • Tim Cowher, Active
  • William Hubbard, Active
  • Woody Wright, Active
  • Brian Byrd, Active
  • Mike Rogers, Active
  • Brodi Light, Honorary Pallbearer


  • A Floating Visitation

    Monday, May 24, 2021


C. Ervin Cox

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Tim Hodges

May 25, 2021

I'm really sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Cox. He was a great man with a great personality, sense of humor and very giving nature. I know he will be greatly missed.

Dewey & Susan Knight

May 24, 2021

Mr. Cox leaves a wonderful legacy in his family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

Doug Ingram

May 23, 2021

Erwin always put a smile on my face when bumping into him and Freda. He was always smiling, and had something nice to say! He will be missed! RIP Ervin

Angela Wright

May 23, 2021

Ervin was a treasured family member. He helped me and my grandmother so much when my grandfather died. I also loved seeing that twinkle in Ervin’s eye whenever we were around. Our family has lost a remarkable person. Love to all.

Cindy Purdy

May 22, 2021

Uncle Ervin loved life and loved his family. I remember he and Freda dropping by to visit when they were dating. You'd think teenagers could find something better to do, but we loved seeing them pull in the driveway. He was always giving us something, and one time it was new hoodies from the knitting mill, only no one called them hoodies back then. We'd never seen anything like them and didn't really have a name for them, so we called the wonderful things Ervin sweaters. I can still hear Shirley saying she can't find her Ervin sweater. He gave my granddaughter a dollar coin a few years ago and asked if she wanted one for her sister. "No, she'll just lose it." He got such a kick out of that. He loved laughing and making others laugh. Will miss that twinkle in his eye.

Pat and Frank Loudermilk

May 22, 2021

Ervin was always such a sweet, fun loving man. He use to "bug" my youngest daughter by calling her Da-Tada- Deana, She would ask me why he did this. Just his way of being funny and silly for a child's enjoyment and to see you smile, Ervin always wanted to give, he raised a big garden, then gave most of it away, Not only did he bring you fresh home grown green beans, but they were clean, snapped and ready to cook, May each of his family members hearts find comfort in the fact, he loved, was loved and had a life well lived,

Michael Byrd

May 22, 2021

Uncle Ervin was such an amazing man. From working in the dye house at a local knitting plant to running and managing two service stations and a convenience store, he had the ability to do so many things well. Among his most precious skills were the ability to love, laugh, share and teach. He was instrumental in helping me grow into a young man and gave me numerous opportunities to enjoy both work and play. My favorite moments with him were quiet moments fishing and just "hanging out" at his service station. He taught me about life and being a man. I loved him dearly! He was more than an Uncle, he was one of my best friends! Thank you for all you did for me and so many others! I'll see you again!

Dean and Gail Spencer

May 20, 2021

Ervin was always wanting to pull your leg. And he always wanted to joke around with you. He always worked hard and took care of his family. He loved his family very deeply. We will miss you Uncle Ervin. May God shower you all with his love, peace, and understanding. Uncle Ervin, you will be missed. I love you and the rest of the family.

Tony Katter

May 20, 2021

I have very fond memories of this man from my childhood. I loved going to Bassett, Va in my younger years to visit Aunt Freda and uncle Ervin . I loved them and their daughters ,
My cousins. This was a very hard working family that wanted to make sure they took care of their kids. I was so impressed with their work ethic! Ervin has gone on to his reward
As a loyal and faithful servant. Go rest high on that mountain Ervin! My sincere condolences to the family! 🙏

Jennifer Joyce

May 20, 2021

Ann and Family: I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was always so sweet and kind to me. Sending lots of love and prayers to you all. Jinx (Jennifer Lovell Joyce)