Richard Gene Cox, Sr.
February 4, 1938 – September 12, 2019
Richard Gene Cox, Sr., 81, of Crimora, was welcomed into God's loving arms on Thursday, September 12, 2019, with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.
He was born in Waynesboro on February 4, 1938, a son of the late George Jasper Cox and Bessie (Robertson) Cox Echols. Richard graduated from Wilson Memorial High School in 1956 and enlisted at the age of eighteen in the military. In that same year, he married Phyllis Anne Cash and together, they had four beautiful children and traveled throughout the United States, as well as overseas, including Guam, Japan, and many other places.
For 21 years, Richard served in the United States Air Force earning the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, he continued to serve with the Air National Guard for an additional nine years earning the rank of First Sergeant. During his 30 years of service, he was honorably awarded the following: Air Force Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal Ribbon, Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Ribbon, Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Term, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long Term, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and Virginia National Guard Service Ribbon. Multiple of these awards, he was awarded more than once. He faithfully served with honors and distinction of service for his country and family.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, Richard also enjoyed an exemplary career in the private sector in fields of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He was truly a jack of all trades and will be remembered for his intelligence, his craftsmanship, his woodworking, his love of vehicles, his love of gardening, flowers, his country, and his family. He was quite a man and those who knew and loved him will never forget him. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Nancy Cox, of Waynesboro; his sons, Andy Cox, and fiancée, Teresa Lambert, of Crimora, Richard (Betsy) Cox of California, and James (Darlene) Cox of Georgia; his former spouse and mother of his children, Phyllis Cox; his granddaughters, Rachael Sprouse, Ashlyn Colvin, and Tracy Hamilton; grandsons, Michael, Christopher, and Daniel Cox, and Eric Cash; his great-grandchildren, Jensen Jones, Patience, Meadow, Chloey, and Brilea Hamilton, Nevaeh, Michael, Jr., Clarabelle, Avery, Emmett, and Keegan Cox; his brother, John (Betty) Cox, Sr.; his sisters, Betty Cox and Mary Lee (Warren) Sprouse; special cousin, Tony Cox, and numerous other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes with the Rev. Dr. Paul LaPrevotte officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery,2733 Springhill Rd, Staunton, VA 24401, where he will be buried beside his great-grandfather, Franklin Pierce Cox, as he so wished. Active pallbearers will be Grey Snell, Kenneth Leach, Roger Hendricks, Jim Vines, David Botkin, Scott May, Ronnie Snell, Boyd Lambert, and Pat Parr. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019, at the funeral home.
Family and friends are also welcome any time at his son, Andy's house and following the burial.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the following: Greg Aldridge, Susan Huyard, Peggy Hill, Michele Davis, Terry Bryant, Donna Markey, NP, and Dr. Raymond Cruz with Augusta Health Cancer Center; Jill Pingle, Ariel Kenney, and Nena Farris with Augusta Health Hospice; the nightshift staff at Augusta Health's 2nd floor, especially Kim Curtis, Casey Knight, and Sunny Cline; Heather Farrish and Allison Spears with Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes; and the members of Dooms Volunteer Fire Department, New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, and career staff from Augusta County Fire and Rescue.
Those desiring to make memorial donations can do so in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www. reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
- He is survived by his beloved daughter, Nancy Cox, of Waynesboro; sons, Andy Cox, and fiancée, Teresa Lambert, of Crimora, Richard (Betsy) Cox of California, and James (Darlene) Cox of Georgia; his former spouse and mother of his children, Phyllis Cox; granddaughters, Rachael Sprouse, Ashlyn Colvin, and Tracy Hamilton; grandsons, Michael, Christopher, and Daniel Cox, and Eric Cash; great-grandchildren, Jensen Jones, Patience, Meadow, Chloey, and Brilea Hamilton, Nevaeh, Michael, Jr., Clarabelle, Avery, Emmett, and Keegan Cox; brother, John (Betty) Cox, Sr.; sisters, Betty Cox and Mary Lee (Warren) Sprouse; special cousin, Tony Cox, and numerous other relatives and friends.
- Active pallbearers will be Grey Snell, Kenneth Leach, Roger Hendricks, Jim Vines, David Botkin, Scott May, Ronnie Snell, Boyd Lambert, and Pat Parr. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
- the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate
- Visitation Monday, September 16, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, September 17, 2019
- Officiating, Interment
Richard Gene Cox, Sr.
September 15, 2019
Gene and I meet at VEPCO’s pump storage project. He was in the construction side and I was in the actual power station side. Both of us electrical. He and I worked very closely. This is where I found a real professional. This is where I also found a true friend for life.
During a trip to New Orleans for the generators, my wife had a accident and passed away. When I got back, devastated and lost, Gene was immediately there and gently assisted me. He also brought his whole family, Nancy, Andy, and brother Tom with his family to help me with my large turkey operation!
I always consider Gene family from then on. He’s always been close to me until now.
He is still close, maybe even closer now!
This was/is a great friend and rock that I will never forget. Nancy and Andy your my family, always!
Love to all, Jim and Laura Vines
September 13, 2019
Gene was more than a friend in my family, thoughtful and caring he provided companionship for my Mom. Always of good cheer and loving. I know he is in heaven and is healed, I will see you soon again my friend. I hope you & Mom are exploring Heaven.