Edward Ray Cox, resident of Choctaw, Oklahoma, was born to Sam Abern Cox and Maggie Marie Love on June 14th, 1930, in Waldron Arkansas. Ray joined our heavenly father on the evening of November 23, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 91.
He spent his childhood in Western Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. His military career was in Aircraft Maintenance that covered many bases from Bangor, Maine; Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma; Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii; and Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he retired in 1972.
After completion of basic and technical training for aircraft maintenance in 1951 Ray went on to Marry his wife of 69 years Nannette Arleen Bright. During his time at Tinker Air Force Base Ray and Nan together raised 2 boys and 1 daughter in Choctaw after retirement. Ray enjoyed the times he spent with his children competing in horse rodeos and watching them play sports.
Over the years, Ray spent time coon hunting with friends, watching every John Wayne or Western movie, traveling, being a part of the Mule Rodeo Association and Oklahoma County Sheriff posse organization. He was famous for being at the coffee shop daily and being the absolute favorite Papa anyone could have to all his grandchildren.
Ray is remembered for his sense of humor, orneriness, and smile by many. Grandchildren will remember waking up every morning hearing him sing “Good Morning Captain, Good Morning Charlie Brown, Yeehaw. Rise and Shine”.
Edward Ray Cox was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Maggie Cox, and a sister, Lois Jean Cox. He is survived by his wife Nannette Cox of Choctaw, Oklahoma; 2 sons and 1 daughter, Mike Cox and wife Susan of Choctaw, Oklahoma; Darrel Cox and wife Cheryl of Mayer, Arizona; Donna Lawson of Choctaw, Oklahoma; Grandchildren: Lisa Cox, Kevin Cox, Anita Myers, Chad and Kelly Camp, Bryan and Kendra Pride, Reba and Jason Murry, Sam Cox, Jami Cox, and Erica White; Numerous Great Grandchildren: Austin Cox, Alex Cox, Braden Pride, Jaycie Pride, Leliah Camp, Austin Durbin, Rylan Wilburn, Cecilia Kennedy-Carrillo, Kingston Ray Marquardt-Cox, Casey Bohanon, Hec Cox, Blake and Jaxon Frederick.
He is also survived by one sister, Betty Weiler of Chandler, Oklahoma; one brother, Jerry Cox of Mena, Arkansas and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Services will be held on Monday, 11:00 A.M. December 6th at First Baptist Church of Choctaw held by Brown’s Family Funeral Home out of McLoud Oklahoma.
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