OBITUARY

Captain Richard Fair Fox

October 19, 1936November 11, 2020
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Captain Richard Fair Fox, age 84, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on November 11, 2020. He was a 24 year US Army veteran who served three tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He spent his second career in law enforcement with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for 26 years, rising to Captain of Investigations. Following his retirement there, he worked "part-time" as Detective at Columbiana Police Department. Richard was fiercely dedicated to his sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Myrtle Boothe Fox. He was a thoughtful, generous and romantic husband. Their favorite getaway together was Disneyworld. He was always dedicated to his children, whether spoiling them, coaching them, sharing his love of music, books and puzzles, cheering them on or keeping their secrets. His grandchildren loved Pop, and Pop loved them. He was a deacon at Ashby Baptist Church and a member of Masonic Central Lodge #70 at Montevallo and Order of the Eastern Star #434 at Montevallo. Richard was a rabid Alabama fan and to a lesser degree, the New York Yankees. His love of cars, trains and cartoons began at a young age and continued through his life. He enjoyed picking his guitar or watching movies at home with his dogs, Poppy and Boss. His favorite meal was breakfast, but he always had a cup of black coffee close by. He had the mind and hands to put to any problem and solve it. He was a jack of all trades, and a master of all. He spent his life in service to his church, his country, his community, and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Coy Fox, Sr. and Arthur Lee Fair Fox; sisters, Eva Cosby and Juanita O'Rourke; and brothers, James Coy Fox, Jr. and Herbert Fox. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Fox; daughter, Darla Fox Hourigan (Trevor Jay); son, Richard Fair Fox, Jr. (Ellen); grandsons, Sean Casey Pugeda, Brannon Richard Fox and Tyler James Fox; brother, Charles Fox (Betty), Everett "Buddy" Fox (Sarah), Johnny Fox (Melinda), and Francis Fox; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), with burial to follow at Ashby Cemetery. The services may be viewed remotely via livestream at www.facebook.com/rockcofuneralmontevallo. Bro. Shannon Allen will officiate. The family request that guests bring a toy for Toys for Kids in honor of his legacy.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Randy Kirian

November 16, 2020

I met Richard and Myrtle during his son Rick and Ellen’s wedding. They made me feel like family the short time I was there. I remember him showing me and my friend Ron his forensic kit in the trunk of his car. Super nice guy! His son Rick was my roommate in the Army. Rick always talked about his daddy and it was obvious he was his hero. My condolences to Myrtle and the entire Fox family. God bless you all.

Steve Cook

November 14, 2020

Richard was well known for his quick smile and iron grip when giving a handshake! He not only loved but was proud of his country, his family and his faith. Richard was one of the best of us all and will certainly be missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him. We know the Good Lord will give comfort to his friends and family in their time of grief.

Cindy Thomas

November 14, 2020

The best boss in the world! And even more important, the best friend. For 26 years I knew this man and his wife Myrtle. We had the best times. Cpt. taught me what little patience I have. He always said, Patience! It will get you where you need to go.
Cpt. had gone through a lot, healthwise, the past few years, but he always came out on top.
I love this man. He will be in my heart forever.

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