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Joe Fred Cox, 84, of Commerce died Dec. 20, 2015, at his home in Commerce.
Joe Fred was born in Commerce on July 3, 1931, at Dr. Allen’s hospital. His parents were Fred Cox and Lucille Callan Cox. He married Jane Dickson on his 28th birthday; they were married for 56 years. He went to Fairlie Elementary and Commerce High School, graduating in 1947. He attended East Texas State Teachers College for his B.A., East Texas State University for his M.A., and post graduate work at Texas Christian University. He taught history from 1967 until 1999 at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he was always a favorite of the students. In 2000, he was awarded the Texas A&M University Commerce President’s Spirit of Mayo Citation.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce all of his life. He taught a Sunday school class for many years at the church. He was a farmer for many years, and served on the State Committee to Eradicate Screw Worms. He also served on the Cooper Dam Board, the Commerce City Council and Commerce School Board.
He loved to read history as a hobby, especially Texas history, and was always up for a discussion of the subject with anyone. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 439.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Cox; his daughter, Karen Jo Cox of Austin and his son-in-law, Steve Bohl; and, his two grandsons, Andrew Nathan Bohl and Aaron Michael Bohl, Joe Fred is also survived by his two cousins; Ann Patrick of Fort Worth and Carolyn Burt of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Lucille Cox.
Visitation will be held beginning at 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Jackson, Mark Jackson, Garrett Jackson, Monty Howard, Russell Armstrong, Scott Stewart, Rick Estes and Kyle Morton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny and Mary Lou Durham, Jerry Don and Theda Faye Keeble, Jack and Jane Ann Ammons, Jim and Dean Calvert, and the Braum’s Coffee Group: Bob Monday, Jimmy Sullivan, Jim Norwood, Keith McFarland, Harry Wade and Harry Fullwood.
Committal with Commerce Masonic Lodge No. 439 will follow at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions should be made to the Joe Fred and Jane Cox Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University-Commerce, 3112 State Highway 24, Commerce, TX 75428 or the First Presbyterian Church, 1216 Monroe Street, Commerce, TX 75428.
Visit and sign the guest book at www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  December 24, 2015
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