Herman Alton Cox

August 3, 1932April 30, 2021
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Herman Alton Cox, Sr., born in Florence, SC on August 3, 1932, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on April 30, 2021 with his beloved wife of 64 years, Maria, by his side. He was predeceased by his parents, Wade Hampton and Mary Edna Cox; sisters, Naomi Daughty and Agnes Miles and brothers, Wade and Charles Cox. He is survived by his devoted wife, Maria; children, Edna Rice (Bob), Alton and Lonnie Cox; grandchildren, Stephanie and Christopher Cox; brother, Don (Uldine); brother-in-law, Tony Lorine and many dear nieces and nephews.

Herman served in the United States Navy as a Corpsman aboard the U.S.S. Alagash sailing the Mediterranean Sea. The Navy brought him to Philadelphia where he met Maria Lorine. Herman and Maria married on June 8, 1957 in Philadelphia. After serving his country, Herman completed Pharmacy school at the University of South Carolina. He and Maria settled in Florence where they raised their three children. Herman started Professional Pharmacy, serving the community for 46 years. He was active in the pharmaceutical association and the office of President of the South Carolina Pharmaceutical Association for several years. Herman was a member of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church for over 50 years. He served the church through the Knights of Columbus and was the Grand Knight for the state of South Carolina. After selling the pharmacy, Herman and Maria moved to Lexington, SC where they were active members of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. Herman lived a life of service for his country, his community, and his church. For those who knew Herman, he will be remembered for his love of faith, family, and pharmacy. Herman’s family will miss their husband and father tremendously.

A family gathering to celebrate Herman’s life will be held following a service at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May, 7 2021 with visitation one hour prior to the service. The service will be livestreamed through the Our Lady of the Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herman’s memory to Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is honored to be assisting the family.


  • Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Mass of Celebration

    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Monique Kelly

May 2, 2021

I was Herman's night care taker. He was a very nice person and I really enjoyed helping taking care of him. May he rip and my condolences and prayers are going up for the Cox, Rice Families