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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Howard John Cox

October 28, 1927July 26, 2020
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Howard J. Cox, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was born on October 28, 1927 to the late Marvin and Vesta Cox in Kingsport, TN. Howard attended Holston Institute. At the age of 24, he married his loving wife of 68 years, Dora Hurd. Howard started out working at Barnes Motors and Don Hill Pontiac, while working at Barnes Motors, he also owned and operated Fort Henry Bait and Tackle for several years before opening Howard Cox’s Body Shop in 1979. Howard enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, camping and fishing in Georgia. He also enjoyed taking care of his lawn and growing a garden.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Vesta Smith and Marvin Cox; son, David Cox; siblings, Willard Cox, Evalee Fondaw, Jaynelle Henard, Fred Cox, and Randall Cox.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68 years, Dora Cox; son, Allan Cox and wife Rose; daughters, Chris Adkins and Tamara Roberts and husband Scott; grandchildren, Catie and Christina Cox, Dylan, Braden, Aaron, and Colton Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:00am at East Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Strong officiating.

Howard will be laid to rest following the funeral service at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Military Honors conveyed by the American Legion Post 3/265. Pallbearers will be Dylan, Braden, Colton and Aaron Roberts, Jefferson Erwin and Issac Carmona. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Howard’s honor to Sullivan Baptist Church, 4152 Maplewood Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 3346, Kingsport, TN 37664.

  • FAMILY

  • Dora Cox, Wife of 68 years
  • Allan Cox (Rose), Son
  • Chris Adkins, Daughter
  • Tamara Roberts (Scott), Daughter
  • Catie Cox, Granddaughter
  • Christina Cox, Granddaughter
  • Dylan Roberts, Grandson
  • Braden Roberts, Grandson
  • Aaron Roberts, Grandson
  • Colton Roberts, Grandson
  • Several nieces and nephews

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dylan Roberts
  • Braden Roberts
  • Colton Roberts
  • Aaron Roberts
  • Jefferson Erwin
  • Issac Carmona
  • DONATIONS

  • Sullivan Baptist Church
  • Meals on Wheels

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Laid To Rest

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memories

Howard John Cox

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Betty Botts

July 29, 2020

Dora, I am sorry to hear of Howard's death. I haven't known him for years, but remember with fondness your sharing your family while working at Grosset and Dunlap. Remembering you with prayer in the near future.

Rick Huff

July 29, 2020

Want to give you my condolences in the loss of Howard.

Rob Hager

July 28, 2020

So sorry to hear this! I have many fond memories of this great family! Mrs Cox, 68 years of marriage is a tremendous example to set for all of us! Thank you and so sorry for your loss!
Allan, so happy to hear that you are so successful in your work in Knoxville! You have some impressive accomplishments!
And Rose, thanks for keeping us in touch each Christmas!

Our prayers are with you all that God will grant you all strength, peace, and comfort in this time.

Rob Hager

Teresa Hilbert Martin

July 28, 2020

Dora, Alan, Chris and Tamara,

I was saddened to read of Howard's passing. I have such good memories of your family and growing up on Pineridge. May you feel an extra measure of God's grace snd peace in the days to come. Love and prayers.
Teresa Hilbert Martin

Jock & Tracie Jones

July 27, 2020

Chris, Tamara and Family,
So sorry for your loss. We will miss him smiling and waving at us when we drive by.
We are thinking of you all and if we can do anything just let us
know.

Jock and Tracie

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