SIKESTON - Sikeston businessman James E. "Jim" Cox Sr., 61, died Nov. 14, 2003, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
He was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Sikeston, son of the late J.F. and Alberta Masters Cox Jr. A 1960 graduate of Sikeston High School, Cox was part owner of Home Oil Company. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Cox was a 42-year member of the Sikeston Jaycees and served as Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo chairman in 1961. He was named Jaycee Man of the Year in 1965 and was named Jaycee Boss of the Year in 1986 and 1987. He also received the Art Saunders Founders Award and was presented the Jaycee Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
A member of Henry Meldrum American Legion Post 114, he was a founding member of the Bootheel Bass Busters Club and River Bend Hunting Club. He served for many years as membership director for the Swampeast Missouri Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
On Dec. 1, 1962, in Sikeston, he married Martha Lou Boyer who survives of the home.
He is also survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James E. "Jimmy" and Wendy Cox Jr. of Sikeston; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Colen Kelley of Sikeston; two brothers, J.F. "Buddy" Cox III and Albert Cox of Sikeston; and seven grandchildren, Lindsey Cox, James E. Cox III, Lauren Kelley, William Cox, Blair Kelley, Tyler Kelley and Jacob Cox of Sikeston.
One grandson, Trey Cox, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. William Koch, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Dialysis Center in care of Blair Moran
Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation
1008 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801