Dr. Steven "Wally" M. Cox

October 11, 1951February 9, 2019

Dr. Steven "Wally" M. Cox, age 67, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Steve was born and raised in Johnson City. He is the son of the late O.P. and Eloise Cox Some of his many accomplishments included: BS in art education and MA in instructional communications, newspaper photographer for Johnson City Press, videographer for WKPT Channel 19 in Kingsport, and creative director for Bristol Advertising Agency. He was also an illustrator draftsman stationed on a submarine tender ship in Guam Steve's passions were the Media/Arts, teaching and singing Karaoke. Steve "Wally" enjoyed singing Karaoke with his friends at Terry's Apex. He held several teaching positions to include Mercer University, University of Ga., University of Central Arkansas, and ETSU. Steve received his PhD in Library Media Technology in 1991. He was the primary caregiver for his mom, Eloise, for many years prior to her death. By far, Steve's greatest honor was his position as Library Media Specialist at Jonesborough Elementary School from 2002-2012. In his own words: "Working with our kindergarten through fourth grade students was an absolute joy and exciting challenge." Steve is survived by David Cox and wife Kathy Cox; first cousins Allen LeFever, Lou Hinkel and husband Karl Hinkel, Nora Sue, Jackie Sue Bray; and many nieces, nephews and great friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00pm at Monte Vista Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life follow at 3:00pm at the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 4933 Boones Dam. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Wally's two best friends, Diane Scalf and Rick Roller, who were there for his every need and who brought so much joy to his life. The family suggest that you bring a children's book of your choosing to the funeral service, which will be donated to Jonesborough Elementary School in memory of Steven Cox.

Online condolences may be made to the Cox family at Monte Vista Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Cox family.


  • the late O.P. Cox, Father
  • the late Eloise Cox, Mother
  • David Cox, Brother
  • Kathy Cox, Sister-in-law
  • Allen LeFever, Cousin
  • Lou and husband Karl Hinkel, Cousin
  • Nora Sue, Cousin
  • Jackie Sue Bray, Cousin
  • Diane Scalf, Friend
  • Rick Roller, Friend
  • Many nieces, nephews and great friends


  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dr. Steven "Wally" M. Cox

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Lindsey Shreve (Mitchell)

February 13, 2019

Dr. Cox was the light of my elementary school experience, and truly my whole childhood. I would beg my mom every week to take me to karaoke night with her just so I could watch him light up the whole room. Then after he sang a couple of songs he would come over and talk to me about what ever books I was reading at the time. He was truly a wonderful human being. I will miss him dearly. ♥️

Melissa Williams

February 12, 2019

Too many memories to list from our growing up years at First Christian Church. I do know that Steve, we called him Opie (O.P.), made me laugh so hard at times. He had a sweet spirit and a great sense of humor. Steve, rest in peace sweet man! Melissa

Tim Stecker

February 11, 2019

Growing up with Steve was full of so many wonderful experiences that several of us shared. He was bright, fun-loving, technically savy, very artistic, and an all around great friend. Playing football on Mosser's hill, kick ball in his yard, using a magnet on a string to get bottle caps out of the coke machine for Sat movies at the Majestic, calling the taxi cabs on Wildermooth, and later in college years, camping and hiking are just a few of the things that stream through my head as I write this. His parents were always welcoming to us and David, his brother, several years older, tolerated and befriended us as well. He will be sorely missed.