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Our gentle giant has left us for the lighthouse in the sky. On September 30, 2023, Donald Alvin Cox, Sr., passed to his heavenly home.
“There’s a lighthouse on the hillside
That overlooks life’s sea.
When I’m tossed, it sends out a light
That I might see.
And the light that shines in darkness now,
Will safely lead us over
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse
My ship would be no more.”
Anyone who knew Don, knew that he had the most gentle heart and kind soul you could ever know. A tall, gentle giant in statue, he had an amazing way of making all who knew him feel safe and secure. Perhaps it was his six foot, eight inch frame, perhaps it was just his soothing, baritone voice, one’s worries seemed so pale and insignificant when he was around ensuring that you would be “Ok”. Don always wanted to share his love of the ocean, the sea and the beautiful creatures he enjoyed swimming with. He found joy in capturing them with his camera. His friends and family will always remember him for his love of nature and his passion for technology and computers. Some of our fondest memories will be of him flying one of his beautiful stunt kites, swinging a golf club and being with the smallest of creatures to the largest of bulls.
Don was born in Troy, North Carolina on March 30, 1947, to the late Edna Parson Cox and Lawrence Augustus Cox . He spent his early years on the family farm in Candor until his first year of school. At that time, he moved with his parents to Guilford County and attended school in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from Northeast Guilford High School in 1965. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam conflict as part of the US Air Force while stationed in Guam. He spent several years in Hawaii, both during and after his time in the Air Force, before he returned to the mainland in the late 60’s. During his time in Hawaii, Don learned a lot about the telecommunication industry while employed with Southwest Bell and he brought that knowledge with him upon his return to NC. He worked for Southern Bell and many other telecommunication companies throughout North Carolina and Virginia that included Hines Communication, ROLM, IBM, Siemens and ATOS and retired as a Certified Project Manager.
Don enjoyed helping in his community and always enjoyed being a part of the local Fire Department in Kimesville, Station 45 and as a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America at Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church until his health declined in 2009.
Don leaves his caring and loving son who was his devoted care giver for over ten years, Donald Alvin Cox (D.J.), of the home, wife, Cheryl Causey Cox, of the home, sister, Carol Allred (Gurney), of Franklinville, brother-in law, Shawn Gordon Causey (Leslie), of Greensboro, nieces Amanda Allred, Cheryl Allred Posten, nephew Will Causey, great nephews Nicholas Allred (Alyssa), of Franklinville, Thomas Eric Posten II, Jacob Cole Posten, and great niece, Bethany Lee Posten.
Deep appreciation goes to the Gentiva Hospice of Burlington for their amazing love and care for Don during his sickness.
The family will receive friends at Loflin Funeral Home in Ramseur, NC from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday October 7, 2023.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 PM on October 8, 2023 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Kimesville, North Carolina with Rev. Keith Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.
Memorials may be made to the Military Veteran Advocacy Inc., PO Box 5235, Slidell, LA 70469-5235 or to Gentiva Hospice of Burlington, 2730 Tucker St., Ste. 600, Burlington, NC 27215.
Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
PO Box 5235, Slidell LA 70469-5235
Gentiva Hospice of Burlington
2730 Tucker St., Ste. 600, Burlington NC 27215