Oscar "Gene" Eugene Cox

September 6, 1941November 9, 2021
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COX, Oscar Eugene “Gene”, 80, of Richmond, VA walked through the gates of heaven and into the loving arms of Jesus on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. He was born on September 6th, 1941, in Wilmington, NC. He lived 80 beautiful and joy-filled years on this earth. He was a man of God, a true family man, and someone who brought constant laughter and joy to those around him. Known by all who knew him as the man with the best smile, there was never a time in his presence where you could feel anything but happiness. He graduated from Old John Marshall High School with the class of 1960, and on June 8th, 1963, he married the love of his life, Mary Alice Crowder Cox. During the 58 years they were married, they built the most beautiful life and family together. They worked as a team, honored each other, and gave their three children lives filled with love, faith and laughter. Gene loved to stay active, and one of his favorite sports was softball. For 28 years he played church softball with a team that eventually merged with Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. Known for his powerful home runs, he even earned a name in the newspaper as the “unofficial Babe Ruth of church softball”. His love for the game made him the best coach for his son Kevin’s baseball team. He coached their Tuckahoe Little League team for many years, and helped them get to regular season championships. While a love for the game formed a bond between Gene and his son, he had an equally special bond with his two daughters, Pam and Heather, and created memories that will last a lifetime with each of his children.

Those who were closest to him had the privilege of also hearing his beautiful singing voice, classic and timeless. But that was the kind of man he was, classic and timeless himself. He embodied the values of his generation. He was a man with a strong work ethic, but an even more giving spirit. His generosity to others created a legacy that his family will carry on for generations to come. Gene owned and operated ABM Office Outfitters for 40 years. He also held many titles at his family owned and operated school, Jack and Jill, such as, drink machine operator, pool maintenance man, and groundskeeper. However, the family favorite was the title of “Geena”, the name given by his grandchildren, and the one that the students at Jack and Jill called him by. No one will ever forget Geena’s smile and the way he greeted the teachers, parents and children at Jack and Jill each day. He is survived by his wife, Mary Cox, his three children, Pam Brown (Mike), Kevin Cox (Wendy), and Heather Hawkins (Travis), his two brothers, William “Billy” Cox (Molly) and John Cox (Dottie), his five grandchildren, Mary-Kaitlyn Brown, Troy Brown, Logan Cox, Harlie Hawkins, and Hollyn Hawkins, along with many more family members who love and miss him dearly. To the family and friends of “Geena”, “Uncle Pole”, “Gene”, and any of the other names he earned throughout his time here on this earth: we will rejoice because we know he is safe and at peace in the arms of our Savior. We find comfort in the reminder that there is no sadness in heaven, and there is no illness or pain. And most importantly, we know that on the day he met Jesus face to face, his smile was bigger than it had ever been.

Funeral Services will be held at Woody Funeral Home Parham Chapel on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 11:30 am with a graveside committal to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, VA. We invite all family and friends to continue in the Celebration of Gene’s Life with a reception at 2:00 pm at Jack and Jill School in Richmond, VA.

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Eric & Britta Winston

November 16, 2021

Britta and I are so sorry to hear about Gene. Every memory of your husband-father brings a smile to our faces. We are blessed to have met & known your family through the Spains and East Carolina! What a wonderful family you have and we know he is smiling down on all of you!

With Love,
Eric & Britta Winston

Chip Norford

November 15, 2021

Mary, Heather, Pam and Kevin,
My heartfelt condolences to you all in this time. Our families have a long history together going back to Mizpah Presbyterian. I can still see Gene hitting those long home runs into the trees at Pine Camp when I was a little bat boy dreaming of hitting them like him and my Dad. Hope you all can remember the great times as a family at this tough time in your lives.
With great sadness,
Chip Norford

Lewis Miles

November 15, 2021

We were so sorry to learn that Gene had passed. Working with him at ABM was some of my fondest memories. Donita and I continuously laugh about the adventures with Gene on the golf course and the trips we took with you and Gene. He was definitely one of the “good guys” and will be missed.
Lewis and Donita Miles

Jack Molenkamp

November 14, 2021

I was saddened to see Gene's obituary in today's paper. I had enormous respect for Gene. He was always helpful, and possessed a bright smile, and laughed often. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a chance to play softball with him. My condolences to Mary and the children.

Judy Pollard (Richardson)

November 14, 2021

Mary, please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband, Gene. My son, Jason Richardson, attended your school in the 70's, and it was the best experience of his life. You are a truly remarkable woman. Just wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,

Judy Pollard

Randall White

November 14, 2021

Mary , Pam , Heather , Kevin
I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing but know how it has been a long haul.
As mentioned he was bigger than life and his smile was ever present when I use to see him.
God bless each of you and your families.
I will continue to pray for comfort , peace and Gods ever lasting presence

Bob Hawthorne

November 14, 2021

Prayers to all the family on your loss. Gene was always positive and supportive to Jack n Jill school and all our grandkids who got a
Great education there. He took care of the pool for the kids and made sure everything was working for the kids. He was a partner to Mary and she always said it was an honor to take care of him — and by the grace of God she did. The Hawthorne & brougham families will miss his spirit & love Love to all his family and kids and grandkids