Charles P. Cox, a retired US Army colonel, passed away, joining the church triumphant, on Dec. 9, 2016.
He was gentle, non-assuming man who believed in God, country, family and the United Methodist Church.
Charles was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Roanoke, AL, at the home of his paternal grandfather, a Methodist circuit-rider minister in Northern Alabama and Georgia. Charles was the eldest of three children born to Naomi Patricia Cox and Christopher C. Cox of New Brighton, PA. His early years were spent in Brownsville and Uniontown, PA. At the age of eight his family moved to Ypsilanti, MI, where he completed elementary school and high school. He was very active in community, youth and church activities and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15.
In May 1944, he completed high school with academic honors and enlisted in the US Army as a private. His initial service was spent at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) as an engineer trainee in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). During his enlisted service he served with infantry units at Fort McClellan, AL; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA; and Fort Sheridan, IL. He served with the 25th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, a unit which served with distinction in the South Pacific. In August 1946, Charles was honorably discharged from the Army in the grade of sergeant. In September 1946, he enrolled in Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH. In June 1949, he received a BA degree, with honors, in English/math. In June 1950, he received a Regular Army commission as a second lieutenant, as Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program.
For the next 30 years, Charles served in many command, staff, instructor and diplomatic positions in Europe, Taiwan, Vietnam, (RVN) and Tunisia. Highlights of his career included a Brigade Command, Special Forces Command in RVN and US Defense Attaché to the Republic of Tunisia for four years. He was also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, The Foreign Service Institute, Special Warfare School and the Defense Language School. Among his military awards and honors are the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the US Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards, one for valor), the Bronze Star Medal Valor, Army Commendation Medal 3 Awards, Air Medal 10 Awards, RVN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Upon retirement he worked as a logistics engineer for Unified Industries in Virginia, RCA and Kendrick and Co. in Washington DC, human resources director for Metters Industries in Virginia, and security manager for Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), an offshoot of the Rand Think Tank in Crystal City, VA.
Throughout his adult life Charles remained active in local, regional, national and international agencies of the United Methodist Church and was a dedicated ecumenist. He also served as president of the Council on Finance and Administration to the Virginia Conference, a delegate to the General Conference of the church from Virginia and as a delegate to the South Eastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Conferences of the church and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Religious Concerns. He served as a member of the Presidents Advisory Council Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a trustee at the following: Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA; Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA; and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.
His lifelong interests were centered on his family, church and work, as well as music and his untiring efforts toward a meaningful Christian witness to helping others. He was a faithful member of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church in Fairfield Glade, TN; a Scout supporter; and a member of Rotary International.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Naomi Cox and Christopher Cox; and sisters, Edwina White and Joyce Johnson.
His survivors include his wife of 31 years, Ann Catherine Mallon Cox; three step children, Brittain T. Kasoff (Marianne), Kent Scott Kasoff (Rachel), Jane Elizabeth Kasoff-Stansbie (Will), including, collectively, four grandchildren. Survivors also include his three children, Donald G. Cox, Cassandra Green, Charles Alan Cox; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 21, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Cumberland Hospice House, Crossville, TN; and Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on January 3, 2017