Obituary of John N. Cox, Jr.

Resolutions of Respect

At about six o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 1, 1931, Mr. John Needham Cox passed away at his home in Tabor City, N. C., after a long and useful life spent in Tabor [City] and Columbus County. He had been a member of the Methodist church practically all of his life and was an official for many years. Mr. Cox had the respect and confidence of all who knew him. While he was a devoted member of the Methodist church and believed firmly in her doctrines and polity, still he was broad-minded and liberal in his views and loved and respected Christians of all creeds.

Resolved first, That we are grateful to God for the long, useful life of Mr. Cox in our midst, and that it has been our privilege to know him intimately and to appreciate his sterling character.

Second, That we extend to his family our sincerest sympathy and commend them to the same loving heavenly Father that he loved and served so faithfully for so long a time.

Third, That a copy of these resolutions be published in the North Carolina Christian Advocate, that a cop be inscribed in the minutes of our Sunday school and that a copy be sent to the family.

A. B. Stalvry,

Mrs. Lothat Butler,

Mrs. O. V. Hicks.




Epitaph of John N Cox, Jr. and Mary Perline Inman Cox
 
Father Mother
John N. Cox Wife of
Sept. 21, 1854 J. N. Cox
Aug 1, 1931 Nov 1, 1854
Father Nov 19, 1942

 

JOHN NEEDHAM COX AND MARY P. INMAN WERE MARRIED DEC. 4, 1879. THEY SETTLED IN HORRY COUNTY, S.C. LATER MOVING TO THE OLD COX HOMESTEAD NEAR DOTHAN IN COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. HERE THEY REARED FOUR SONS; GROVER, HEADLEY, ROBERT AND ALLEN. THEIR CHIEF AMBITION WAS TO EDUCATE THEIR BOYS, AND BY GREAT SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION, THEY WERE ABLE TO GIVE EACH OF THEM A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

TO A MARKED DEGREE THEY LIVED UP TO THE LIMIT OF THEIR OPPORTUNITIES. DEVOTED TO THE CAUSE OF EDUCATION AND TO THE CHURCH, THEY WERE LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND HELPED AND ENCOURAGED MANY A YOUTH TOWARD HIGHER ATTAINMENT IN LIFE.

THEY CELEBRATED THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DEC. 4, 1929. HAVING LIVED AND WORKED AND SACRIFICED HAPPILY TOGETHER THROUGHOUT THE LONG JOURNEY. THEY LOVED THEIR FELLOW MAN AND WERE TRULY FRIENDS OF GOD.

 

Written by Headley M. Cox

 

 


Note to Epitaph: On January 23, 1999, Thomas Varser Inman (Mary Inman Cox’s nephew) of Tabor City, NC shared his recollections of John N. Cox, Jr. with me. Mr. Inman was 84 years old at the time, but said that he remembered Uncle “John Needham” well. His chief memory was that Uncle John Needham had a farm down near Dothan and ran a little country store. And then with a tone of voice that indicated that he still found it difficult to believe after all these years, he said, “And they told me that Uncle John Needham took enough out of that little store to send all four of his boys to college.”

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