John Allen Cox, of Mexia, passed away on December 18, 2021 in Groesbeck, Texas at the age of 87. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in the Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck with Mr. Barry Pennington officiating. Lee Cox, Daniel Cox, Josh Cox, Matt McGilvray, Jared O”Neal, Bosten Cox, and Kuper Cox will serve as pallbearers.
A visitation with the family will be prior to the service from 10-11:30 a.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia.
John was born January 21, 1934 in Groesbeck, Texas to Ray and Effie May (Wilson) Cox. He was a descendent of one of Limestone County’s founding pioneers. His great grandfather, Obediah Cox, came to Old Union and the Oletha area in 1864 from Arkansas. John was raised at Box Church until age 14, when his dad, Ray Cox, left the farm to go to work for the City of Groesbeck. They remained in Groesbeck where he graduated from Groesbeck High School, Class of 1952.
John met a Mexia girl, Janie Mae Ragan, and they married on April 3, 1954 in Groesbeck; a love that has endured for over 67 years. Later, Mexia became their home where they raised their four boys. They became active members of what was then the Ross Avenue Church of Christ and, later, moved with the congregation to what is now known as the Northcrest Church of Christ. John retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company after 42 years of service as a repairman/installer.
Although, called John Allen by family and friends, the last 40 years, he was better known as “PaPa” to his grandchildren and many others. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. John’s family was his life, he loved his children but there wasn’t any love greater than PaPa’s love for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His faith was strong, he was a firm believer in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
John’s favorite hobby was playing golf, he enjoyed being on the golf course as often as possible.
He was preceded in death by is parents; Ray and Effie May Cox; his first-born grandchild, Andrew Cox; brothers, Glenn R. Cox and wife, Dorothy and Donald L. Cox and wife, Faye; sister, Nell (Cox) Brown and husband, Milton; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Betty (Ragan) Day and husband, Bill and Curtis Ragan
John is survived by his wife, Janie Cox of Mexia; four sons, Jeffery Cox of Mexia; David Cox and wife, Debbie of Crescent, OK , Gerry Cox and wife, Susan of Mexia, and Tommy Cox and wife, Linda of Farmers Branch; grandchildren, Jason Cox of Crescent, OK, Daniel Cox and wife, Cara of Crescent, OK, Rachel Cox of Portland OR, Brian Cox and wife, Samantha of Portland, OR, Cassie McGilvray and husband, Matt of McGregor, Josh Cox and wife, Ashley of Bartlett, Lee Cox and wife, Autumn of Groesbeck, Amanda Chastain and husband, Trey, Devan O’Neal and husband, Jerod of Marquez, Kelli Keehan and husband, Brendan of Argyle, and Hanna Barker of Farmers Branch; 17 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rose Conner; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dawna Hyden & her caring staff at Groesbeck LTC, Jacinda Allen, Nina and Brenda of Providence Hospice, special caregivers, Eloise Carroll, Vikki King, Alma Brooks, and Maria Candanoza, and a special thank you to Dora Sanchez and daughter, Stephanie