EDMOND, Okla. -- Rick Wayne Cox, 55, passed away on Dec. 5, 2007.
Rick was born Feb. 25, 1952 to Jere and Virginia Cox of Sikeston, Mo., at the Naval hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Musically gifted, Rick spent a large portion of his life as a union musician playing throughout the United States and Canada. His music career enjoyed highlights including publishing contracts, recordings and releases of his works by Rex Allen Jr., Rex Allen Sr., Billy Joe Royal, himself and others. A late 1980s recording performed by Rick accelerated to a top 40s hit which led to a five-year exclusive song writer's contract with Paramount Pictures Country Music Division in Nashville. The year 1990 included a release on Billy Joe Royal's album "The Royal Treatment," which exceeded 500,000 copies sold and went gold. Atlantic Records presented Rick and the other featured writers with a copy of the gold album in recognition of their contribution to the success of this album. His most recent joy came this 2007 in learning Sony Music purchased Paramount's book and his songs are again in circulation.
Rick filled his children and grandchildren's lives with music, nurturing their creativity. With all Rick's music and professional accomplishments seeing both his children graduate from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School were his proudest moments. He has proudly stood beside his son Jess' Air Force career and daughter Sydney's collegiate golf career.
Rick joined HCA Healthcare Corporate offices in Nashville 20 years ago and remained a loyal employee. The past 11 years Rick has been the director of purchasing for HCA Edmond Regional Medical Center.
Rick is survived by his wife Susan of 29 years; son Jess and his wife Crystal; daughter Sydney; grandson Aidan Jess Cox; granddaughter Steely Renee Cox; and three nephews, two nieces, his parents, grandmother and sister.
Wake service will be held 6 p.m. tonight at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.
Burial is to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Big Creek Cemetery in Cushing.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
The American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718