William "Bill" Jennings Cox

September 27, 1923May 24, 2018

William Jennings Cox (Bill) was called to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Baptist East Hospital in the presence of his loving family. Bill was born on September 27, 1923 in Poquoson, York County, Virginia. He was the son of William Jennings Cox and Zola Topping. His parents preceded him in death. Upon graduating from Poquoson High School in 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and was proud of serving his country. He graduated from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky in 1946 with honors and later received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Louisville. He served as a teacher and principal in the Pineville City Schools prior to moving to Louisville to become Regional Administrator, Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services in 1962. He later became state-wide Director of Rehabilitation Services in Frankfort, Kentucky until his retirement in 1978. He then became Director of Special Student Services at the University of Louisville. He taught graduate education courses and genuinely loved the interaction with students in both the social and university setting. He was honored to be named a Kentucky Colonel. Bill was a member of Lyndon Baptist Church for 56 years. He was a deacon and taught The Mens Fellowship Class for more than 50 years. He had an unwavering love for his God, country, family and friends. He was a man of extraordinary integrity and honesty. Bill shared many interests especially sports as a participant and for enjoyment in watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s participation. He developed life-long friendships with tennis buddies and bird-dog field trial participants throughout the state. He officiated high school football and basketball games for many years. He was an avid gardener who never forgot his farm roots and the lessons it taught. He enjoyed sharing the garden produce with his family, church members, neighbors and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 70 years, D.J., his children Bill Cox (Dale), Sally Compton (Bill), Russ Cox (Kathy) and his brother, Keith Cox. He also is survived by seven grandchildren, Julie, Amy, Allison, Russ Jr., Susan, Christian, Will, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. His family held a special place in his heart. Visitation will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 29th at Lyndon Baptist Church, 8025 New LaGrange Road, Louisville, Kentucky followed by a memorial service in celebration of his life at noon.


  • Dickie June "D.J." Cox, Wife
  • Bill (Dale) Cox, Son
  • Sally (Bill) Compton, Daughter
  • Russ (Kathy) Cox, Son
  • Keith Cox, Brother
  • Mr. Cox is also survived by seven grandchildren, Julie, Amy, Allison, Russ Jr., Susan, Christian, Will, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

  • Lyndon Baptist Church
  • Clear Creek Baptist Bible College


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 29, 2018

William "Bill" Jennings Cox

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Alex Smith

December 6, 2018

Bill was simply one of the finest men I've had the privilege of knowing. I'll always appreciate the mentorship and support he gave me during my time on his staff at UofL; most of all I'll forever cherish the friendship we shared. All of us in his department knew he genuinely cared about us, a sentiment that was returned in-kind, and with deepest respect. I'll miss this fine man, but take comfort in knowing he's resting peacefully in God's loving arms, and that a joyous reunion lies ahead.

Ray & Gale Gowen

May 29, 2018

I remember when we moved into the neighborhood and the first people we had the pleasure of meeting was Mr. & Mrs. Cox. Our daughter was just a month old and they made over her as if she was one of their grandchildren. We have lived there for 30 years and could not have asked for better neighbors or friends. They have always treated us like family and we think of them as family. I will miss seeing Mr. Cox out and about either mowing grass or tending to his tomatoes.

The neighborhood will not be the same without his kind and generous heart there to great us on a daily basis.