James G. Cox

August 2, 1937October 20, 2010

Cox, James Gilbert age 73 of Pinckney, MI passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010 surrounded by his family. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 55yrs. Marilyn (nee Miller) his loving children Corinne (Greg) Buddenborg, James (Lynne Byrwa) Cox, Dr. David (Michele) Cox, Julie (Clayne) Frazer his 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren his siblings Bill (Cynthia) Cox, Ken (Fran) Cox and Karen (Constance Barber) Cox and his brother in law Stanley “Mouse” Miller he is also survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins. Jim graduated from MacKenzie High School in Detroit in 1955. He worked at his father’s machine shop Berkley Machine from 1960 until his retirement as CEO in 1991. After his retirement Jim had a successful Real Estate career. Jim loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He spent his winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. and enjoyed spending time with his family at his home on Portage Lake in Pinckney, MI. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 25th from 1:00 until time of Memorial Service at 4:00 at the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Dexter, MI. Donations in lieu of flowers suggested to the


  • Memorial Service Monday, October 25, 2010

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julie frazer

July 4, 2011

I miss you dreadfully but I will love you forever xo julie

November 1, 2010

Dear Marilyn and Jim's special family, Jim will be greatly missed by many. One could tell that he treasured life. He made everyone laugh and have fun in his presence. Who is going to call us "Freeeze" now. Take strength from family and friends. He touched many lives! Love, Bill and Tanny Frece

bill morton

November 1, 2010

when i think of jim i can see only this big guy and always laughing. i used to deal with jim and his brother ken for a number of years and can only remember fun times. all of the best of memories to marilynn and the family on this sad occasion.

sean kesterson

October 31, 2010

Thank you for letting me into the family's guest center to see some of the pictures of Jim's life. I served as his personal physician for about 12 years and it was a hoot the whole way! We always played something called liar's poker with one dollar bills at the beginning of each visit, and I think we were tied in the end.

When he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis he knew what he was up against. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done in actual fact, and I think he knew that. So, he lived his last 1-2 years to the fullest, as he should have. He was my kind of guy, a man's man: for his family, for his friends, for hard work, and for having fun and sharing the love. I was honored to know him and be his doctor. May God bless you at his passing, and bring you peace. Jim is now in the best fishing spot anywhere, I'm sure...and I hope I get to wet a line with him there someday.
Sean Kesterson MD FACP
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Dick & Jeri Dietrich

October 29, 2010

To Marilyn and her sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchilden and the brothers and sisters and the many friends of James Cox. My deepest sympathy to you all.
I have known Jim and his family since 1972. While having work with him and of course played with him and most importantly watched the love he had for his family. Jim was a big man with a Big Heart and a great sense of humor. He loved to fish and enjoy life to its fullness, but his family was always first. I've attended many of the family gatherings and have always felt I was a member as well. Jim will be missed but he is now with our Lord probably drinking a Manhattan and telling stories with the greatest fisherman of them all.
Love to each of you and may God Bless you all.

Mark Hostetter

October 27, 2010

Mr Cox was such a good man ,father,husband.It was a real pleasure to know him as I did,he was like a dad to me in my childhood, and got me in to hockey and hunting and fishing...I will always have fond memories of the times we had and shared.God Bless you and keep you,God make his face shine down upon you and give you his peace....Mark Hostetter & Family

Erica Muirhead

October 26, 2010

I remember Jim from when I was a little girl in elementary and middle school hanging out with 2 of his grandchildren, Rilyn & Ralph. When I think about him I think about how he loved spending time with them and the way he joked, smiled ,and laughed with them. His family was obviously very important to him.

Stephen Wilson

October 26, 2010

Jim was always so friendly and accepting of me and my family when we would come visit Clayne, Julie, CD, and Skylar. The times at Lake Hulbert with him and the Cox and Frazer families were special. He knew how to have fun and was always so inclusive and hospitable. We will always cherish these good memories of time spent with Jim and his beloved family.

Stephen Wilson, Clayne's brother-in-law

Sharon Harris

October 25, 2010

Jim and Marilyn were my second set of parents. All of my summer memories of childhood come from "The Cottage". Jim always joked around and made me feel like part of the family. He loved having lots of people around to enjoy the controlled "chaos" that insued. Jim led the family with strength, love & humor. I loved going on the float boat through the chain of lakes by day, and out again at night to spear fish, turtles and anything else that we could find! Thanks for all the beautiful memories. The Cox family will always live in my heart and soul.
Prayers for Peace and Hugs for Love to all of you!

Rilyn Keller

October 25, 2010

Pappy (Grandad)--I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for you, I will love you forever and I will look forward to meeting you "up there" again one day. I will miss you.