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Donald Ray Cox, 75, of Sideway, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, peacefully at his home.
He was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Gimlet, a son of the late Lowell Cox and Corene Harper Cox.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell "Bill" Cox and Roy E. Cox; one sister-in-law, Ruth Cox; one brother-in-law, John Ausmus; two nephews, Kendall Cox and Larry Cox Jr.; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lizzie and Lowell Lambert.
After retiring Feb. 20, 1984, from Graphic Packaging in Cincinnati, Ohio, Don moved back to his home state of Kentucky and became a hard working farmer, who really enjoyed taking care of his farm and cattle. He was an excellent carpenter and neighbor, who was always there to lend a hand no matter if it was cutting a tree out of the road, pulling someone back in the road, plowing a garden or what ever! Don's hobbies were collecting caps and working with leather. He also enjoyed watching football games.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years and 11 months, Charlotte Lambert Cox, whom he married Nov. 23, 1963; his faithful companion, Lucky; one sister, Garnetta (George) Jones of Greensburg; two brothers, Quentin Cox of Manitou Beach, Mich., and Larry Cox of Monroe, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Gretta Cox of Crystal Springs, Miss., and Jean Ausmus of Greenbriar; four nieces, Phyllis Adkins of Youngsville, N.C., Cheryl Dunaway of Crystal Springs, Miss., Sara Moss of Tracy, Calif., and Liz Cox of Manitou Beach, Mich.; and five nephews, Phillip Cox of Elliottville, Chris Jones of Greensburg, Billy W. Jones of Somersville, Fla., Travis Cox of Boerne, Texas and Joe Cox of Crawfordville, Fla.
Don will be missed by his family, long-time friends and farming buddies, whose names are too numerous to list.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Michael R. Gray Funeral Home Chapel in Morehead with Brother Victor Mabry officiating. Burial will be in McDaniel Cemetery in Sideway.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to McDaniel Cemetery Fund, C/O Darlene Ray, 614 McDaniel Ridge, Olive Hill, KY 41164 or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to mrgrayfh.com.
Published on November 1, 2017
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