George Theron Cox

December 20, 1937July 17, 2021

George Theron Cox, age 83, died on July 17, 2021. He was born in Atchison, Kansas on December 20, 1937 to the late George Howard Cox and Mary Maxine Cox. He grew up in Inglewood, California, attended El Camino College, and ultimately graduated from the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences (now known as Cal State, L.A.), with a Bachelor of Science. He would also achieve a Master of Business Administration, focusing on Finance, from West Coast University. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Corporation, a commercial and military aerospace manufacturing corporation, for thirty years. One of the jobs he enjoyed the most was working in Commercial Marketing as a financial analyst supporting aircraft sales world-wide. He enjoyed traveling with colleagues, meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and visiting amazing historical sites around the world. He and his wife Leigh were married on December 18, 1982 on a ship in San Pedro Harbor. George’s son Brian served as best man. Leigh and George enjoyed personal travel to beautiful places such as Hawaii, London, Paris, Rome, Japan, and China prior to the birth of their daughter Ashley in 1991. He retired in the early nineties to be a stay-at-home dad, and loved getting to take care of his only daughter. He always felt blessed to have such an amazing daughter later in life. He enjoyed playing golf, going to classic car shows, air shows, movies (especially westerns), and traveling. He and his family enjoyed adopting golden retrievers, and he loved growing roses. In the later years of his life, he struggled with Parkinson’s Disease, but he still loved spending time with family, visiting vineyards, or eating sweet treats like ice cream and donuts. He cared deeply for his family, and he will be greatly missed. George is survived by his wife Leigh Dyer Cox, his daughter Ashley Brianne Cox, and his brother Ray Cox. He was preceded in death by his father George, his mother Mary, his brother Donald Edward Cox, and his son Brian George Cox. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in California. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a Tribute Gift to the Parkinson’s Foundation: The family is under the care of Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. Online condolences:


  • American Parkinson Disease Association


  • A celebration of life will be held at a later date in California


George Theron Cox

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Suzie Weast

July 26, 2021

Leigh and Ashley ~ My heart is heavy for you two in the loss of George ~ what a kind man I remember meeting at Pilot all those years ago. I hope you'll find peace that he no longer has to suffer with the effects of Parkinson's (my dad also has this) and his body is now healed and whole. Prayers for you both ~ with love, Suzie

Marisa Ferrara Padilla

July 25, 2021

The Ferrara family offers our deepest condolences. We have such fond memories of him and loved all the wonderful times we got to share with your family. Please know we are all thinking of you.

Glenn & Lori Church

July 24, 2021

We are so very sorry for this huge loss in your lives, Leigh and Ashley. It seems like yesterday that Ashley and Chris were first graders at Pilot Elementary and we met at the Open House just after you moved to Greensboro from California. Over the years we became like family, celebrating holidays and birthdays together. From that close vantage point, we can attest to George's fierce love for both of you throughout the years. That was evidenced both in actions and words that he shared -- especially in a few man-to-man conversations with Glenn. It's hard to believe that our last visit in your home a couple of summers ago was our good-bye to George. We will continue to pray for both of you as you miss him and we will miss him too. Virtual hugs to you both.

Lisa Eilers

July 24, 2021

Leigh, so sorry for the loss of your husband. I just wanted to let you know that I'm sending positive thoughts to you and Ashley. Please let me know what I can do to help in any way.

Carlton Nathon

July 22, 2021

It is so rewarding to hear how much George loved his time in Commercial Marketing because George was the first person I hired into Marketing when I got my first managerial position in 1974. I guess we both would agree it was a great decision.
George was a great team member, friend and golf partner. RIP GT.