08/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
(1927 - 25 Aug 2008)
Newport News High School
Class of 1945
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning.
Cox, Class of 1945, passed away in Gloucester on Monday, August 25, 2008.
From the Daily
Press - 08/28/08:
GLOUCESTER - Willis Cox died
Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, in Gloucester, Va.
Born in Newport News in 1927, Willis graduated from Newport News High
School, attended Randolph Macon College, graduated from Christopher
Newport University, and did graduate studies at Old Dominion University.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving
Willis was past owner and manger of Cox Fuel and Hardware Company, James
Store General Mdse. Store and served as Postmaster until 1992. Upon
retirement he enjoyed employment as a Wal-Mart greeter.
He was a past member of Liberty
Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School
Superintendent, and Bible teacher. He was currently a member of
Newington Baptist Church in Gloucester. As past Vice Mayor of Hampton,
he served on many Hampton community boards. In Gloucester, he served on
the Industrial Development Authority, the committees of the First
Daffodil Festival, Street Naming, and Peasley School Architect Design.
He was on the boards of directors of the Lewis B. Puller Center and the
Willis authored several books, including 'Tidbits for Thought,
Conversations about God ' and 'Phillips Daffodil.' He was a volunteer
host on a local Gloucester TV show. Willis was recipient of the 1979
Bursary Award of the International Society of Postmasters of Geneva,
Switzerland and was the 1998 Distinguished CNU Alumni.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Rosemary Coates Cox, and his
parents, Willis and Beulah Cox.
He is survived by his daughters, Beulah E. Cox and Perri Fenstermacher;
son-in-law, Scott Fenstermacher; and grandsons, Phillip and Douglas
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Newington
Baptist Church. Following the service, the family will greet friends in
the fellowship hall. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Willis to a
Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, Va., is in charge of arrangements. View and post
condolences on our online guestbook at
Published in the Daily Press on
August 28, 2008
Perri, I am so sorry to
hear of your Dads passing. I remember him at James Store when we went
for a visit in nursing school. He was a lovely gentleman.
Jean Gilbert Midyette
August 28, 2008
Willis was a wonderful,
friendly man. We are sure he will be missed greatly. We used to live
near him years ago on Burkes Pond Road and remember fondly meeting him
for the first time.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for
August 28, 2008
Mr. Willis was such a dear,
sweet man. My heart goes out to his family in this time of grief. I
will keep them in my prayers.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Cox family and their many friends
at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll
Love to all, Carol
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Abide With Me
Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861
Abide with me; fast falls the
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.
Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
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