"...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you...
I loved you so -
 'twas Heaven here with you."
-Isla Paschal Richardson
This memorial page was created to pay tribute to our beloved family members we've lost so that we may always keep their memories alive.. To add a family member you'd like to honor, click the "Add a Memorial" link below.

Billie Cox

Deceased Date: 2020-06-19
Cox, Billie Belmore Age 90, of Germantown, Ohio, passed away on June 19th, 2020. Billie was born to O.K. Columbus Cox and Lula Smith of Jackson County Jefferson, Georgia. He leaves to cherish his memory beloved sisters, Mattie, Brenda, Shirlean, Pauline, Okie L., Elease, Nancy Ruth, Annie Lucille, Ruby, and his brothers, Joe and Bobby; son, Rogers; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife, Everlene; daughter, Therdene Cox; mother, Lula Smith and father, O.K. Columbus Cox and brothers, Willie Ed, Hugh Dorsey and sisters, Hattie Mae, Julia Pearl and his lovely twin, Lillie Velma. Billie retired from Armco as well as Cincinnati Gas and Electric, and owned the B&R Café on Garfield Street in Middletown. He enjoyed BB King in concert, mowing his lawn in style, a good tall tale and a 6 pack of beer while detailing his well-cared for cars. He took great care of his family and enjoyed life to its fullest until the very end. He will greatly be missed by all who knew him. Private services are being held at the convenience of the family. Brough Funeral Home serving the family.

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Morgan Cox

Birth Date: 1898-02-14
Deceased Date: 1988-01-28
Morgan Carlton Cox was born February 14, 1898 to Emma Hunter Cox and Edward Cox in Jefferson, Georgia. He was one of nine children born to this marriage. 

He married Susie Hill Cox, January 14, 1920 (she preceded him in death, April 27, 1984). To this union was born five children: Richard L., Price E., Thelma Cox Rawls, Emma L. and Samuel Cox (all living in Cincinnati, Ohio).

He leaves to mourn his passing: 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Espy of Montclair, N.J. and Mrs. Birdell Hunter of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

He also leaves to mourn his passing: two daughters-in-law, Helen Price Cox and Peggy Brown Cox and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was a good father and husband, and had the respect of his fellowmen. After working 37 years for the B. & O. Railroad, he retired in 1962.

On January 22, 1988, the Lord called him home. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Psalms 103


“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger forever. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealth with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. The Lord knoweth our frame; he rememberth that we are dust. As for men his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. The wind pans over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of God is everlasting to everlasting.” 
Karen Cox - May 8th, 2021
He loved to tell stories of his Cox family history.
Karen Cox - May 8th, 2021
Gone but not forgotten...He will always be remembered!

Emma Cox

Birth Date: 1930-03-11
Deceased Date: 2015-10-19
Emma Lee Cox was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 11, 1930 to Morgan and Susie (nee Hill) Cox. She departed this life for her new one with the Lord on Monday, October 19, 2015. She was baptized at the early age at Second Baptist Church. 

Emma lived most of her life in Cincinnati, although she traveled internationally, most frequently to the African continent. She graduated in 1953 from Fisk University/Meharry Medical College with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and later earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati. During her long nursing career, Emma held many positions, including nursing instructor at Meharry Medical College, Head Nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital’s obstetrics department, Nurse Manager for the Christ Church Clinic, public health nurse and school nurse for the City of Cincinnati. She was also an education coordinator for the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Executive Director and a Board member of the Cincinnati Sickle Cell Awareness Group, as well as a Board member of the national awareness group. Emma remained an active member of local and state nursing associations. Emma was preceded in death by her mother Susie, father Morgan, sister Thelma (Rawls) and brothers Prince and Richard. She is survived by her brother Samuel, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

She was active in the civil rights movement, participating in marches in Southern states-most notably Dr. Martin Luther King’s Selma, Alabama march, and later the historic March on Washington. She continued to work for equal rights in Cincinnati throughout her life. She was an active member of CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) and Board member for the local NAACP, earning a Distinguished Service Award. 

Emma had many cultural and social interests including genealogy research and African-American history. She was an early pioneer in business investments in Africa, which furthered her work, with the Cincinnati Sister Cities program. She managed the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum in Cincinnati, expanding its display of notable African Americans in Ohio history. Additionally, she sought to encourage African-American artists in Cincinnati by providing them opportunities to display their work at the Museum. 

Emma was a fervent believer in the value of education and always encouraged her nieces and nephews to seek higher learning opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, listening to jazz music, and reading autobiographies and history books. Emma was devoted to her family and the Cincinnati community. She will be greatly missed, but her family legacy and contribution to the community will live on.
Karen Cox - May 6th, 2021
She will be treatly missed, but her family legacy and contrbutions to the Cincinnati Ohio community and beyond will live on.

Prince Cox

Birth Date: 1923-05-08
Deceased Date: 2003-07-12
Prince Edward Cox, a resident of West College Hill, Ohio was born May 8, 1923 to the union of the late Susie Hill Cox and Morgan C. Cox. He was one of five children. He attended Steel Grade School and North College Hill High School. He entered into eternal rest and peace at the age of 80 on Saturday, July 12, 2003. 

He was a long time resident of West College hill. He was a caring and sharing person, with a shy, gentle spirit. He was loved by many particularly children for whom he always took time to share a conversation, a smile or a laugh. 

Prince leaves to cherish his love and fond memories: two brothers, Richard Cox and Samuel (Peggy) Cox; one sister, Emma Cox, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; eleven nieces and nephews, Carolyn S. (Robert) Rawls-Payton, Marvin Rawls, Michael (Mary Ann) Rawls, Linda Rawls-Heard, Sylvester Rawls, Jr.; Maurice (Fannie) Cox, Richard E. (Elizabeth) Cox, Warren (Beverly) Cox, Karen Cox, Amelia Cox, Bruce (Gloria) Cox; eleven great-nieces and nephews, Matika Rawls, Juan Heard, Tamika Heard, Jamaal Rawls-Payton, Mikilo Rawls, Julian Cox, MacAlister Cox, Adrienne Cox, Jonathan Cox, Kelsey Cox, Asha Cox; four great-nieces and nephews, Donyea, JaShaun, Kenyida, and Kenna, and a host of other relatives and friends. His devoted sister, Thelma Rawls, preceded him in death.
Karen Cox - May 8th, 2021
May he rest in peace... always in our hearts.

Lamar Cox

Birth Date: 1934-05-21
Deceased Date: 2022-03-23
Lamar Cox embodied the spirit of “hail fellow well met.” His warm smile, welcoming spirit, and kind acceptance of others endeared him to just about everyone. Lamar’s gregarious nature enabled him to bring positive leadership to his large family, community and professional life. Though no one worked harder or shouldered responsibility more routinely, Lamar never lost his ability to share his grace and joy with others. On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Lamar Cox, dear husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, colleague, friend, and neighbor, entered into his eternal rest at the age of 88 (following complications related to a kidney transplant). His departure will be felt by the many lives he touched.
Born in Buford, Georgia, Lamar was the oldest of Daniel and Bessie Ola Mae Cox’s seven children. Given his and his siblings’ arrival at a time and place that offered many challenges for Black people, his parents had the courage and foresight to migrate North to provide better options for their growing family.
Lamar grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio attending its public schools, and excelling in academics, track and field, and gymnastics. He graduated with honors from Woodward Senior High School and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati (UC), where he was the first Black student to earn a degree in electrical engineering. He was also the first Black recipient of the University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Soon after graduating from UC, Lamar married Frieda Wright and they moved to Long Island, New York. It was on Long Island that his first two children, Angela Joan and Lamar Byron were born. While starting his family, Lamar also began his professional career at Hazeltine Laboratories and Sperry Gyroscope, serving as one of their first Black engineers and experiencing all of the challenges associated with being a “first.” He earned a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from Adelphi University while working full-time. Based on his leadership in numerous well-known social justice activities in his community, Lamar was invited to become the first Black trustee in the history of Hofstra University, where he served from March 1970 to 1976. He was also the youngest trustee in Hofstra’s history.
The spirit of doing right and giving back was at the core of Lamar’s values and it was reflected in his social activism. Lamar’s passion to make change was ignited by witnessing the inequities in housing options for Black people on Long Island. He founded the Long Island Council for Integrated Housing and later became the Chairman of the Long Island Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Alliance of Minority Group Leaders. His efforts to promote social justice and equality expanded social, educational, and economic opportunities for people of color. In 1975, Lamar married Sandra Hargraves DeFreitas at their home on Long Island. Lamar quickly became “Dad” to Sandra’s two sons and “Uncle Lamar” to their close friends. In 1977, Veronica Lynn was born, completing the blended family, which also included Angela, Lamar Byron, and stepsons Louis Allen DeFreitas and Victor Burwell DeFreitas. The family moved to Washington DC in 1978, allowing them to build many new friendships and professional relationships.
After a long and successful career as a radar specialist, Lamar retired and moved on to establish American Security and Communications (ASC), which provided residential and commercial alarm systems and monitoring. He also co-created and collaborated on two business ventures with his wife Sandra: Gift Gallery, and American Presentations. As an entrepreneur, Lamar was always exploring new and innovative ideas. He never stopped thinking of ways to improve or create products to make life better. His continuous focus on innovation led him to secure several patents for his inventions.
Lamar’s gifts were not limited to his professional pursuits. From an early age, he loved music and it was part of his daily life. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang in groups and as a soloist. He was also a whistler beyond compare. The melodies followed him as if they knew he was theirs, and they were his. When he wasn’t using his voice to make music, he lent it to thoughtful commentary, critique, and hilarious jokes. His favorite topics of conversation were politics, history, society, movies, football and automobiles. He was the family historian, travel enthusiast, and expert gardener. His love of gardening dovetailed with his concerns about conservation, and he tended to his garden with an eye toward gentle stewardship of the planet. Anyone who lived around Lamar envied his lush and beautiful lawn which was his pride and joy. Many neighbors tried to reach his standards, but few succeeded.
In remembering Lamar, we can look back at a life lived to the fullest and on his terms. His life was founded on strong relationships with friends, family, neighbors, and professional colleagues. And, he could laugh! He was able to find humor even in difficult situations. It was his sense of humor that helped him and all who knew and loved him, to cope and to hope through his struggle with renal disease. Lamar received a long-awaited kidney transplant on January 19, 2022, and while he and his family hoped that this would be the end of his struggles, he was called home to be with the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Bessie Cox, his brother Bobby, and his son Victor. His legacy will continue to be an inspiration to all those he loved and those who loved him: his wife Sandra; children Angela Joan (husband Rick), Lamar Byron, Louis Allen, and Veronica Lynn; grandchildren Victor, Daniel Alexander, Michael Douglas, and Gabriela; siblings, Margaret, Stanley, Larry, Danny and Philip; and his many nieces, nephews, and cousins whose lives he touched.
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Lillie Shields (Cox)

Birth Date: 1930-05-24
Deceased Date: 2016-09-08
Lillie Zelma Cox Shieds was born on May 24,1930 in Jefferson, Georgia, to the late O.K. and Lula Cox. She departed her life on Thursday, September 08, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie Burt Shields; her parents O.K. Columbus Cox and Lula Smith Cox ; two brothers Willie Ed Cox and Dorsey Cox ; one sister Julie Pearl Cox Dotson; one granddaughter Akeena Sheats. 

Lillie was a member of Georgia Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She was very giving and honest person. Lillie enjoyed shopping, attending church, sewing and caring for children. She also had a passion for Buick vehicles and stylish hats.

She is survived by her daughter Geraldine Sheats (Eddie); grandchildren Jerrod Sheats and Kahlilah Sheats ; great grandchildren Justin Raye Roberts II, Dariana Martin; Jakaylah Roberts; and Durante Speer (DJ); as well as a host of sisters, brothers, nieces,nephew family members and friends.
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Nancy Espy (Cox)

Birth Date: 1908-06-29
Deceased Date: 2001-11-06
Nancy P. Cox Espy went home to be with the Lord on November 6, 2001. She was born on June 29, 1908 in Statham, Georgia to the alte Ed and Emma Hunter Cox. She was one of nine children. She attended Fairfield public school in Statham, Ga. There she was baptized at Fairfield Baptist Church. She married the late Richard Thomas Espy on December 29, 1932. They eventually moved to Pine Brook, New Jersey. There Nancy worked for Industrial Plastics for many years before moving to Montclair and soon retiring. 

Nancy became a member of the St. Paul Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Citizen Auxiliary. Also, she was an active member of the North Fullerton Neighborhood Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her sisters: Maggie and Fannie, her brothers: Early Mat, Jean, Dorsey, Morgan, OK, and FC. 

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Birdell Hunder; daughter, Caren Renee Haynes; grandchildren, Dana Williams, Rosemarie, Dominique, and Brandon Haynes. Great-grandson, Antoine Williams; son-in-law, Herbert Haynes; sisters-in-law, Emma Espy, Lula Espy, Essie Espy, Nancy Hunter, and Lula Cox, loving nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. 
KAREN COX - May 28th, 2021
Tender thoughts we hold for you today.

Birdell Hunter (Cox)

Birth Date: 1903-09-03
Deceased Date: 2003-01-12
Birdell Cox Hunter was born September 3, 1903 to Emma Hunter Cox and Edward Cox in Jackson County, Statham, Georgia. She was one of nine children. She departed this life January 12, 2003 at the Mt. Healthy Christian Home. She was united in holy wedlock to the late Eleazer Hunter on October 30, 1926. To this union, eight children were born: Alma Murrell, Pauline Hunter, Doris (Edward) Thompson, Shirley Mahone, Irene (James) Ruffin and Nancy Hunter, all from Cincinnati, Ohio, Beatrice (Melvin) Mitchell and James Hunter from Ravenna, Ohio, 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grand-children and four step-grandchildren. 

At an early age, she joined the Fairfield Baptist Church in Statham, Georgia. There she served until she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926 and united with Second Baptist Church of West College Hill, under the leadership of the late Reverend A. W. Jackson, DD. There she remained until death. 

She leaves to mourn: sister-in-laws, Lula Cox and Claire Young; brother-in-laws, Charlie Hunter and wife, Mildred, Herbert Hunter and wife, Fayette; a close cousin, Essie Cox Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
KAREN COX - May 28th, 2021
For all the kindness you have shown, we thank you.

Samuel Cox

Birth Date: 1931-10-24
Deceased Date: 2020-04-14
Samuel Cox, son of late Morgan C. Cox and Susie (Hill) Cox was born on October 24, 1931. He was one of five children born to this marriage. His sisters, Thelma Cox Rawls, Emma L. Cox and his brothers, Richard L. Cox, Prince E. Cox preceded him in death. 

Sam served honorably in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 in combat during the Korean War. 

Sam graduated from North College Hill High School where he excelled in sports (track, football, baseball) and academics. He received the Bausch and Lomb Award for physics in senior year. In 1986, he was inducted in the NCHH Hall of Fame for his achievements as a Running Back. He graduated from Fisk University earning a degree in Chemistry. Sam also graduated from the University of Cincinnati. 

Sam spent 30 years of his career at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When he retired from the FDA, Sam was employed at Dubois Chemicals as a chemist. His final employment was at Comair (Delta) before settling into retirement. 

In 1983, Sam married Margaret (Brown) Cox “Peggy” who preceded him in death. Sam and Peggy were world-wide travelers. Sam was loving and a family man. Spending time with his family, friends, and children was his favorite pastime. Sam had a pleasant disposition. You would never see him lose his temper. He loved to watch sports - especially tennis and golf. 

Sam leaves Randy (Norma) Brown, George Stevens and Keith Lopez, along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to celebrate his memories and to remember him in the highest esteem. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Karen Cox - May 6th, 2021
To those of you that knew Sam, knew that he was a kind man. He had a calm sense about him He was a humble man and loved life and his family.  He truly will be missed.

Richard Cox

Birth Date: 1921-11-09
Deceased Date: 2014-01-03
Celebrating His Spirit

When Richard was two years old, Morgan and Susie moved their family to Cincinnati where Richard lived for the remainder of his life. He joined Second Baptist Church as a child under the pasturage of Reverend A.W. Jackson. He attended Steele Elementary School and North College Hill Junior and Senior High School, where he was a stand-out member of the football team. He graduated in 1941, and began working for RSM Company as an Import/Export Clerk. He was a key member of the company’s growth and success until he retired in 1986. 

“Rich, Dick or Cox” as he was fondly called, was a warm, loving person, devoted to his family, church and the West College Hill Community. He was a PTA president, Boy Scout leader, and Little League coach. He was also an active member of the Eagles Social Club. In his later years, he was a board member for the West College Hill Community Center. For several years, he served as a trustee of Second Baptist Church. 

He was a fervent believer in the value of higher education and promoted college education for himself (University of Cincinnati - Real Estate degree), his children and others. He was a life-long student of African American and international history. 

Richard was preceded in death in 1993 by his wife of 50 years, Helen (his “Peaches”); his mother, Susie; father, Morgan; sister, Thelma (Sylvester Rawls) and brother Prince. He is survived by his children Maurice (Fannie) of Indianapolis, IN, Richard (Elizabeth) of Park Forest, IL, Warren (Beverly) of Marietta, GA, Karen of Oak Park, IL, Amelia of Cincinnati and Bruce (Gloria) of Oak Park, IL; sister, Emma; brother, Samuel (Peggy); brother in-laws, Andrew Price (Monie) and Wesley Price (Yvonne); grandchildren, Julian (Abby) of Indianapolis, IN, McAlister (Tammy) of Park Forest, IL, Adrienne of Indianapolis, IN, and Jonathan, Kelsey, Asha of Oak Park, IL, and Derrick (Karen) Hughes, of Florida; three great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. 
KAREN COX - May 26th, 2021
50+ years of marriage.
KAREN COX - May 26th, 2021
Ricahrd and Helen (Price) Cox
Karen Cox - May 6th, 2021

He was a good provider to his family, and made his work ethic a major part of his children's education. He was a Boy Scout leader, PTA president, Little League coach as well as a WCH Community Center president, and church trustee.