Francis Ray Cox (84)

Crossville, Illinois
Birth: March 19, 1935
Death: June 7, 2019

Francis Ray Cox, 84, of Crossville, IL, died Friday, June 7, 2019, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi, IL.  He was born March 19, 1935, in Springfield, IN, the son of Joel N. and Anna (Phillips) Cox.  He was married to Phyllis (Mier) Cox on January 7, 1954. They were married for 65 years.  He was the last of seven brothers and sisters.

Ray was a farmer and a United States Army veteran, serving in Germany in 1958 and 1959.  He also worked as a mechanic at Carter’s Texaco Service Station in Crossville.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Cox of Crossville; sons Billy Ray (Cheryl) Cox of Evansville, IN, Jeffrey Ralph (Shana) Cox of Crossville; sister-in-law Leanna Reece; five grandchildren;  one great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Monday, June 10, 2019, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.  Military honors will be conducted at 7:00 pm, immediately following the visitation at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.  Private family burial will follow at a later date in Phillipstown Cemetery in Phillipstown, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 507 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959.


Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel - Carmi - Monday, June 10, 2019, 5-7 pm
Service: Military Honors at 7:00 pm, immediately following visitation at Cook Funeral Chapel - Carmi, IL
Burial: Private family burial - Phillipstown Cemetery, Phillipstown, IL
Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, 507 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959

4 thoughts on “Francis Ray Cox”

  1. Uncle Ray was a wonderful man, Joel my husband who passed away in 2012 we enjoyed our visits with him and Aunt Phyllis, so sorry he will be missed. Love, Linda Cox

  2. Sherry Talbot

    I remember playing cards at Tay and Phyllis’ home near the river. Every summer we would go camping at Kentucky Lake. I remember Ray helped me get up on two skis when I was 16. My dad said hold on and don’t let go. Ray came beside me and said grit your teeth and hold on and you can do it. I did learn to water ski that day. I pray for Bill, Jeff, and Phyllis. I enjoyed talking with you at Jeff and Jannette’s Anniversary. Blessings to you all.

  3. Ray was a good man who will always be remembered. He always took time after basketball games to speak to the Crossville players and was so respectful. Jeff, you will always remember him in everything you do. I still hear Glen when I am doing work and I know what he would say if he were still here. You and Bill will hear him in your head and apply all that he taught you. He instilled a great work ethic in both of you . He did all he could because of his love for you both. He will always be remembered. Glen Piland thought a lot of Ray and Phyllis.
    I hope you can find solace and comfort in the legacy he left for all who crossed his path.
    May GOD bless the whole family in this time of sorrow.

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