Barbara Ann COX

October 19, 1946March 24, 2020

Barbara Shannon Cox, 73, passed away peacefully on March 24th, 2020 with both of her children at her side, holding her hand and guiding her to the world beyond this one. She was a dedicated teacher, talented artist, and lover of history. Most importantly, she was a loving mother and grandmother, who passed on many talents, traditions, and traits to her children and grandchildren.

Born on October 19th, 1946 in Athens, IL, to Herbert and Helen (Jensen) Shannon, she was raised surrounded by art, music, and strong values, which she carried into her adult life. In addition to her teaching career in art with Metro Nashville Schools at Glencliff High School for 34 years, she was an integral and active member of the Tennessee Art League for almost 50 years, a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa international teacher’s sorority for more than 30 years, and continued to produce and exhibit art throughout even this past year.

She is survived by her son, Chris Cox (Amanda) and daughter, Betsy McMackin (John); grandchildren, Kathryn Cox, William Cox, Hannah McMackin, Dylan McMackin, and Jacob McMackin. She is also survived by the father of her children, Stephen Cox; siblings, Bill Shannon and Janet Helm (Dave); along with many nieces, nephew, and great nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant, twin sister, Carolyn Ruth Shannon.

A private burial with immediate family will be held in Athens, IL at Joel Hall Cemetery. However, with the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, we will postpone Barbara’s Celebration of Life Services until the CDC’s regulations allow. We plan to have services in Nashville, TN at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and in Athens, IL at Mott and Henning Funeral Home to accommodate all who loved her. As a family, we want to be respectful, as all of us join to lessen the spread of the disease. When the appropriate time comes, we will update everyone with the benefit of Facebook and social media outlets. Our family looks forward to the time that we can celebrate and remember her life together.


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Jennifer Hosey

April 2, 2020

I was privileged to have Ms. Cox as an art teacher. It could not have been easy teaching high school students for all of those years, but she was patient, kind and nurturing. I kept in touch with her through Facebook and she was always smiling and loving life, even through her illness. It was easy to see how much she loved her family.
She will be missed by so many!

Candice Parr

April 2, 2020

Ms. Cox was such a loving and kind spirited lady!! I absolutely loved being in her class back in highschool at Glencliff and it was always the highlight of my day!! She was always so patient and helpful with all of her students. Prayers and condolences for her family. May she fly high to the Angels! ❤
(Maiden name Candice Todd)

Judy Blackwelder

April 2, 2020

I taught with Barbara for several years - she was a wonderful person and an educator who cared deeply about her students. I am blessed to have known her.
Judy Blackwelder
Glencliff High School Band Director, Retired

Jenny Maldonado

April 1, 2020

Betsy’s mom is how I’ve always known Barbara, even into my own adulthood. Growing up, her artistic sensibilities made a lasting impression on me as her home was full of her art and that of her children. She approached the things she loved with a rare fervor, and I know that she leaves behind many who loved her as a family member, teacher, or both. Most importantly, selfishly, she made one of my best friends, and I am eternally grateful to her for that.

Susan Kromphardt

March 29, 2020

Betsy, Chris, & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a huge inspiration to everyone she encountered. I know she will live on in your hearts. All my love. Sue

Matthew Gore

March 28, 2020

Barbara was a talented artist, a wonderful teacher, and a kind, generous friend. I was very lucky to have her as my high school art teacher for three years. Her class was the bright spot in my days. Her encouragement helped me to keep making art to this day, over 30 years later. I send her family my heartfelt condolences.