James Franklin Cox Sr.

December 16, 1928March 2, 2014

James Franklin Cox, Sr., 85, of Raleigh went to be with the Lord, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born December 16, 1928 in Greensboro, NC.

James, better known as Paw Paw to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, served in the United States Army and was a proud Korean War Veteran. He worked for Cone Mills in Greensboro for 46 years until retiring and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage with his beautiful bride Sylvia Harris Cox on July 26, 2013.

Paw Paw was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the sport most at the beach or at his grandson’s cabin in southern Virginia. He also had a deep love for southern gospel music and sang in a quartet in his twenties. Paw Paw cherished spending time with his family, telling wonderful stories, watching his grand and great-grandchildren grow up and teaching them how to fish.

James survived by one sister, four brothers, a loving wife, Sylvia Harris Cox of Raleigh; three sons, James “Jimmy” Cox, Jr. (Yon Sil Cox) of Raleigh, Pastor Alan Cox (Melody Cox) of Danbury, NC, Danny Cox (Diane Cox) of Raleigh; eleven grandchildren, Samantha Cox of Zebulon, Jennifer Ayscue (Jeremy Ayscue) of Youngsville, Jimmy Cox III of Raleigh, Amber Medlin (Bobby Medlin) of Youngsville, Daniel Cox (Natalie Cox) of Raleigh, Ashley Smyth (Josh Smyth) of Fuquay-Varina, Adam Cox (Cameron Cox) of Youngsville, Stephanie Vernon (Travis Vernon) of Danbury, Mandi Siceloff (Bryan Siceloff) of Boone, Zachary Cox of High Point, and Marcus Cox of High Point; nine great-grandchildren, Angel Foster of Youngsville, Will Cox of Raleigh, Lilly Cox of Raleigh, Ava Cox of Raleigh, Bailey Medlin of Youngsville, Boone Medlin of Youngsville, Sadie Vernon of Danbury, and Piper Smyth of Fuquay-Varina and Jackson Siceloff due April 2014

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Olde Mount Vernon Church, 11610 Durant Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Burial will follow at Olde Mount Vernon Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 1:00 P.M. prior to the service.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Lewis Pickett

March 7, 2014

The Cox Family, it's been a long time since we moved from Hazelwood Dr but I was saddened to hear of your loss. Just want you to know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

March 5, 2014

So sorry to hear about James. Rely on Almighty God because he is near to those that are broken at heart and will provide you with the strength to continue on.

Supriya Sinha

March 5, 2014

I feel so sorry for my BFF's,Angel Foster's lost.Even though I never knew or met him I bet he was a great guy.I hope best wishes he rests in peace.

Cathy & Jerald Duke

March 4, 2014

The Cox Family....We are so sorry for your loss, James was such an inspiration to everyone and Love the Lord. We all know where he is, although at times it still seems hard. We feel like part of your family and love you all so much, if there is anything we can do please let us know. Love you all Cathy and Jerald Duke

Pam Deal Shuford

March 4, 2014

Sylvia and family: I know in many ways, this is a very sad time for all of you. But I also know that today you will celebrate the wonderful life that James lived here on this earth. I wish that I could be there today to celebrate with you! James was a spunky man - always fun to be around! I loved singing in the choir with you and James and watching you interact with each other! What a beautiful love you shared - an example to all of us younger couples!! I will be praying for all of you in the days ahead - that you find peace and comfort in knowing James is right where he wants to be - at home with his Savior!! Much love to all of you!!

Camille Carter Hyatt

March 4, 2014

Mrs. Cox and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Cox. Keeping you all in our prayers. May God give you comfort and peace and walk with you daily.

March 4, 2014

Sylvia and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time and we pray God's comforting spirit will be with you all. Just wish we could be with at this time.
Lavada & Paul Haynes, McLeansville, NC

Jean Talley

March 4, 2014

Sylvia, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you and the family in this time of sorrow. A former BHS classmate, Jean Harris Talley

March 3, 2014

Mrs. Cox and family: So sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Cox. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jessie Winfrey

Sandra Smith

March 3, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. James was a walking testimony for everyone to see. I feel so blessed to have known him for all these years. James and Sylvia are like a part of my family. One day we will see him again.