Horace Roscoe Cox

September 13, 1928May 2, 2019

Clayton - Horace Roscoe Cox, born in Grantham, NC to the late Roscoe Lavigia and Maude Strickland Cox passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, Hearley Gregory Cox; daughter, Martha Cox of Truro, Nova Scotia; sons, Bill Cox (Eka) of Atlanta, GA, Greg Cox (Marianna) of Roanoke, VA and Roy Cox (Bert) of Conover, NC; grandchildren, Emily, Abigail, Henry, Nicholas, and Andrew; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred Hope, Hettie Whitaker, and Evy Strong; brothers, Ralph Cox and Paul Cox; a granddaughter Kathryn Cox. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00am in the chapel of McLaurin Funeral Home with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service from 10 until 11:00am. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to the Cox family at Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton.


  • Hearley Gregory Cox, Wife
  • Martha Cox, Daughter
  • Bill Cox, Son
  • Greg Cox, Son
  • Roy Cox, Son
  • Eka Cox, Daughter-in-law
  • Marianna Cox, Daughter-in-law
  • Bert Cox, Daughter-in-law
  • Mr. Cox is also survived by his grandchildren, Emily, Abigail, Henry, Nicholas, and Andrew; many nieces and nephews.


  • Funeral Service Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, May 6, 2019


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Eleanor Ward

May 7, 2019

In over 30 years of being friends with the Cox family I never encountered Horace without being welcomed with a genuine smile. Horace loved people. He left a legacy of children and grandchildren that anyone would be proud of with good reason. Everyone of his children finished college and achieved success. He achieved his success through hard work. If you bought a house from him it was built with his hands to last generations, a home to shelter. My prayers and love to Hearley and their family.

Renee Walburn

May 6, 2019

I had the honor to work for Horace as the Executive Director of Carillon Assisted Living. I will never forget his smile as he was wheeled up the hallway outside my office. His smile was contagious and when asked how he was doing he would put both hands up and give the thumbs up sign.

One day he was sitting at the dining room table and wasn't eating. I asked him if he didn't like the meal....he told me he was waiting for his table mates to arrive. That was the Horace I will always cherish.

I know the pain of losing someone you love. Cherish the happy times and memories. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.


Bill Cox

May 5, 2019

My brother, Roy Cox, stated this well.
The time has come to say goodbye to my Dad.
Farmer, salesman, contractor, developer. First in his family to go to college, he scrambled his whole life to give the American dream to his four kids. And he did it. He’s the guy that taught me about hard work and that you can fix anything. And if you’re going to fix something, go ahead and take the time to make it better than it was. If it was a manual skill, he could do it. Treat people right. He loved NC State Wolfpack, but he loved his children most of all.

Dorothy Cox Best

May 4, 2019

Sending you my love at this hard time. My Dad and Mom , Merlin and Annie Lee, always enjoyed visiting Horace and the family.. I may not get to the service, but please know. You will all be in my prayers . Ours is a great heritage., and I am truly grateful. Dorothy Cox Best