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Long Branch Baptist Church
Sunday November 29th, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Long Branch Baptist Church
Sunday November 29th, 2015

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Joe Fred Cox

Joe Fred Cox, 84, of Commerce died Sunday, December 20, 2015, at his home in Commerce.

Joe Fred was born in Commerce on July 3, 1931, at Dr. Allen's hospital. His parents were Fred Cox and Lucille Callan Cox. He married married Jane Dickson on his 28th birthday; they were married for 56 years. He went to Fairlie Elementary and Commerce High School, graduating in 1947. He attended East Texas State Teachers College for his BA; East Texas State University for his MA; and post graduate work at Texas Christian University. He taught history from 1967 until 1999 at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University Commerce, where he was always a favorite of the students. In 2000, he was awarded the Texas A&M University Commerce President's Spirit of Mayo Citation.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce all of his life. He taught a Sunday school class for many years at the church. He was a farmer for many years, and served on the State Committee to Eradicate Screw worms. He also served on the Cooper Dam Board, the Commerce City Council and Commerce School Board.

He loved to read history as a hobby, especially Texas history, and was always up for a discussion of the subject with anyone. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge #439.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Cox, his daughter, Karen Jo Cox of Austin Texas and his son-in-law, Steve Bohl, and, his two grandsons; Andrew Nathan Bohl and Aaron Michael Bohl, Joe Fred is also survived by his two cousins; Ann Patrick of Fort Worth and Carolyn Burt of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Lucille Cox.

Visitation will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce with Rev. Krista Rasco officiating.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Jackson, Mark Jackson, Garrett Jackson, Monty Howard, Russell Armstrong, Scott Stewart, Rick Estes and Kyle Morton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny and Mary Lou Durham, Jerry Don and Theda Faye Keeble, Jack and Jane Ann Ammons, Jim and Dean Calvert, and the Braum's Coffee Group: Bob Monday, Jimmy Sullivan, Jim Norwood, Keith McFarland, Harry Wade and Harry Fullwood.

Committal with Commerce Masonic Lodge #439 will follow at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions should be made to the Joe Fred and Jane Cox Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University - Commerce, 3112 State Highway 24, Commerce, TX 75428 or the First Presbyterian Church, 1216 Monroe Street, Commerce, TX 75428.


Saturday, December 26, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church
1216 Monroe St.
Commerce, Texas 75428

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 26, 2015
1:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church
1216 Monroe St.
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment Service

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Rosemound Cemetery
688 Sycamore Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

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Joe Fred was a great person to know. I was in several classes with him under Dr. Frank Jackson.

J.R. Tinsley Dec 25 2015 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of being taught by him for two semesters. He was a great man and respected by many. Prayers for the family.

LaCreasha Hendricks Dec 24 2015 12:00 AM

Great History teacher at ETSU. Great man

Karen Moreland Dec 24 2015 12:00 AM

Joe Fred was my favorite teacher! He threatened to have me thrown out one time for writing others' book reports. He made history so interesting I never missed his classes! He was a great man all round. He will be very much missed. I know he will keep the angels in stitches! May God provide comfort and courage to the Cox and Bohl families during this time. God bless you with His mercy and grace.

Marsha Jean Williams (ETSU Class of '73) Dec 24 2015 12:00 AM

I would like to extend my sympathy to your family. Our family had the greatest respect for Joe Fred Cox, from my Dad, Billy Julian, my sisters and my daughter, we always enjoyed visiting with Joe Fred or being students in his classes. May God be with you during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Julian Urbani Dec 24 2015 12:00 AM

Jane, please know I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband was a good man and a good teacher. He will be missed by a lot of people who sat under his teaching and a lot of friends. I have thought of you often but did not expect to think of this way today. I hope for you comfort and help in this time. Vera McCreary

Vera McCreary Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

We shared the news of Joe Fred's passing with Lewis & Faye. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Phillip,Jackson Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

We will miss him greatly !!

Roberto & Tina Galvan Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

I loved him and his class. My approach to teaching the last 30 years has been based on Joe Fred's, Frank Barchard's and Ralph Goodwin's styles and personalities. God bless Joe Fred Cox and his family.

Joe Jaynes Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

Joe Fred will be missed! He was an important part of growing up in our neighborhood. He could almost always be found sitting out front so we had lots of opportunities to stop and talk, and you could always expect a wave or a gesture to stop if you were driving. I had the privilege of being in two of his classes as well. They were unlike any other-study your terms but pay attention to the stories. Joe Fred was kind, brilliant, and a wonderful human being. Rest in peace and love to Jane.

Kristin Barker Hames Dec 23 2015 12:00 AM

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