Johnny William Cox

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Johnny William Cox went home to be with his Lord August 1, 2015. He leaves a great testimony in his family and friends of strong Christian faith. He was a member of Richland Baptist Church where he served as a faithful deacon. He was the son of late Roy William Cox and Kizzie Cox Messer. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Linda. He was a wonderful and caring husband, father and grandfather who took care of each of us with great passion and love. He enjoyed his pond, garden, humming birds, purple martins and watching for wildlife. He also enjoyed fishing with great friends, Charlie Barnes (Janice) and Wayne Worley (Jeanette). He retired from Square D with 38 years in service. He also retired from Ingles Supermarket in 2013. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Sharon Lavon Brown Cox; daughters, Laura Shepherd (Ernest Pruitt), and Lynne Worley (Greg); the grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Jonathan Shepherd, Kristin Shepherd (Aaron Powell), Bradley Worley, Shelby Worley including a great granddaughter, Aubree Shepherd; brothers Gary Cox (Berlia) and Larry Cox (Kim); and extended family, Margaret Brown, Margaret Duckett (Mike), Sarah Benson (Ronn), Charles Brown (Tammy), and Terry Brown (Regina). Funeral services for Mr. Cox will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Richland Baptist Church, with the Revs. Jack Gassaway, Bill Brown, and DeWayne Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Brown, Ronn Benson, Terry Brown, Dale Hawkins, Jordan Daves, Kison Brown, Sherman Holt, Dustin Brown, Ron Benson, and Martin Wells. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Ave. Memorials may be made to the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

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  1. Lavon and Family, I will miss my friend and fishing buddy! I’ll always remember and cherish the times we got to fish and spend time together. Johnny was a faithful friend, he came with my folks (Wayne & Jeanette Worley) and other NC friends, to visit with me and my family in SC, when I would be in the hospital. I was so sad to hear yesterday, but happy in knowing how much he loved Jesus. ~Prayer For All, Tom Worley & Family <*)))><

  2. Lynne, I have read this so many times, and I am just in shock as I know you are. My heart is broken for all of you, and my heart goes out to you. May God hold you in his love and grace and keep you in the shelter of his arms, especially over the next few days. It will take time but with God’s grace, you will get through this. I will be praying for your family.

  3. We are praying for you, Lavon, Laura, Lynne, and the whole family. We love you all and are standing on the promises of Christ our Savior.

  4. Remembering Johnny from our Square D days. He was a person who cared deeply for his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to your family. Johnny was a great man and he will be missed. I will never forget the laughs we had in West Virginia over the leg cramps he would have in the middle of the night. May god ease your pain and we will be looking forward to seeing Johnny again in Heaven. He will be missed dearly.

  6. Lavon, Laura and Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and strength for your entire family.

  7. Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. I worked with him at Square D and considered him a good friend. My sympathy to the family.

  8. I have known Johnny for over forty years and have some very fond memories of working with him at Square D.He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Lavon my thoughts and prayers are with you. It is hard to lose someone you love but I am sure you know he is with our father. God bless you and the family and may he give you the comfort you need right now.

  10. Dear family, I am praying for you all. I know this is so hard but a reunion is not so far away. Love and prayers to you all

    Lori and Jimmy Fox

  11. johnny was a great person. One of the best friends you could have I will truley miss him spent many days with him I consider him to have been one of the best friends I ever had. Our prayers are with the whole family

  12. I am so sorry for your loss we all have cross roads and the passing of someone is hard! But you have tons of fond memories that will last a life time til you meet him again with Jesus. He is shouting with the angels tonight in his robe of white. Remember we are all here for you guys during this difficult time.We love you ALL. Prayers going up for you as well!!

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart & prayers are with you all. I know he will be missed, but we will all see him again. May our Father in Heaven & His Son Jesus, give you strength in the years to come.

  14. We are so sorry to hear that Johnny has left us.

    It is, however, a great comfort to know that he is in the presence of Jesus.

    Christians do not need to say goodbye to our redeemed loved ones… only we will see you soon!

    Love in Christ,

    Artis and Lynn Bush

  15. so sorry for your loss Johnny will be missed We enjoyed fishing with him Your family will be in our prayers.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Johnny will be missed. I worked with him at Square D.

    Mable Clayton

  17. Lynne Greg Bradley and Shelby,

    I am so sorry to hear about your lost. You all are in my prayers and thoughts
    I will miss seeing him of the evening when he would pick up Brady and Shelby. he would always wave.
    love you all

  18. I miss you more and more each day papaw! I know you are so much better off but I’d do anything to get one more phone call from you! Love you forever and always! You will be forever in our hearts, until we meet again my sweet pappy!

    Love always,

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