Lowell Dwain Cox

March 16, 1941November 5, 2018

Lowell Dwain CoxLocal businessman, Lowell Dwain Cox, 77, of Baytown, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Monday November 5, 2018.

Lowell was born March 16, 1941 in Mena, Arkansas to parents Mable Ilene and Graden Noel Cox. Lowell and his family traveled around the country seeking construction work in California, New Mexico and Florida before settling in Baytown where he was employed with Houston Lighting and Power Company in Texas City. In 1970 while working at HL&P, Lowell purchased Leonard’s Meat Market in Baytown. While working shiftwork, he was also managing Leonard’s Meat Market which grew into a profitable family business. Later in 1982, Cox purchased Rooster’s Steakhouse which is still in business today.

His pastimes included gardening, history, reading and cars. Lowell was a member of the Bay Area Fine Rides Car Club, the Model A Club, and the Model T Club. He was also a member of the American Diabetes Association and had yearly fundraisers through the “Kiss a Pig” contest and the American Diabetes Association fundraiser gala. He enjoyed sharing stories with his grandchildren of him and Freda traveling over the U.S. and enjoyed incorporating trivia games into family functions. He was well-known at Leonard’s Meat Market and Rooster’s Steakhouse for his warm and welcoming hugs to his customers and his infamous greeting, “Hi neighbor!”

Lowell loved to cook, enjoyed being with those he loved most and loved being at Rooster’s with friends and his customers. He was extremely passionate about helping others and he never met a stranger. Lowell was a businessman in Baytown for 48 years and loved being a part of the Baytown community.

Mr. Cox is preceded in death by his parents and eldest son, Eddy Dwain Cox. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Freda Mae Cox, his daughter Lenda Edgley and husband Russell Edgley, son Terry Cox and wife Nancy, son Dell Cox and wife Lisa; brother Charles Cox and wife Sandy, Frank Cox and wife Joyce, Gene Cox and wife Lois; grandchildren Brandie Arnold, EJ Salinas, Jerad Salinas, Jake Edgley, Kyle Cox, Jeremy Cox, Jaimey Cox, Preslie Cox and Karlie Cox Brouillard; great-grandchildren Jaycee Hatcher, Kaylee Hatcher, Joshua Hatcher, Justin Salinas, Jayden Salinas, Alexa Cox, Cristian Cox, Logan Cox and Wyatt Cox, and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Lowell’s family, his doctors and nurses at Park Plaza Hospital and Vantage Hospice for caring for him.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Earthman Baytown Funeral Home & Memory Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of Mary Case. The family will receive guests Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10 am at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Rd. Baytown, TX 77521. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 8624 Garth Rd. Baytown, TX 77521.


  • E.J. Salinas
  • Jarad Salinas
  • Kyle Cox
  • Jeremy Cox
  • Jaimey Cox
  • Jake Edgley
  • Josh Arnold


  • Visitation Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Burial Monday, November 12, 2018

Lowell Dwain Cox

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Daniel Ortegon

November 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Cox family. Truly a loss of a great man. I used to always go into Leonard’s as a child and he always was kind and friendly. He knew everyone. Later in my High school days Lowell and Freda hired me to work at Leonard’s and then Roosters . Great memories made with them and the whole Cox family. He always looked out for me while there and made sure we always had something to eat before we left. You will truly be missed Mr. Lowell . My deepest sympathies.

Craig Graybill

November 12, 2018

Have frequented Rooster's for many years and really miss the lunches after moving away to Ohio this summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Freda Mae and the family. Warmest regards, Craig Graybill

Ricky McCartney

November 11, 2018

I worked for cox family for about twentie years part time. Lowell and Freda where good to me and my family.My boys when they came to meat market the first thing they wanted was chopped beef sandwich.My boys and I our hearts go out to the cox family.You all will be in our hearts and prays as the days to come for your loss.

Charles Duke

November 9, 2018

My sincere sympathy for Lowell's family. I first met Lowell in 1973. My mother owned and operated Maxine's Washateria, directly across the street from Leonard's Meat Market on 4th Street. When Lowell would run low on change he would call my mother, who always had plenty of Quarters, Nickles, and Dimes. When Mom wasn't available, I assumed the task of delivering the change. I always enjoyed eating at the meat market and Roosters. Everytime I walked in Lowell acted like I was a long, lost friend. He was just that way. A great guy, a great father & husband, a great Dad to his children, and a great friend to me and my family. Baytown has lost a legend. He will be missed by all of Baytown and I'm certain his name will be mentioned again 25, 50, and 100 years from now.

Jacquelyn Wiggins

November 9, 2018

Lowell will always share a special place in my heart and memories. From the wonderful family to the wonderful business person he was. Gosh , I'll bet Baytown will miss the "Howdy Neighbor" greeting. To Freda and the family please accept my heart felt condolences. Lowell made a difference that's for sure. Prayers for your peace.

Betty Pitts

November 9, 2018

My prayers & deepest sympathy goes out to Freda and all the kids and grand kids. Having dinner at Roosters was never like going out to dinner at a restaurant, it was like sitting down with family and sharing a meal. Always great memories & stories that will last forever. You get those things when you visit family not go out to eat at a restaurant. Lowell and Freda always greeted myself and my family with a big hug and a hello! Lowell will be deeply missed!

Arnold Crawford

November 9, 2018

Sorry for your loss, growing up with Dell and knowing your family for many years, prayers are with you all.

Anna Bravo Ybarra

November 8, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family.