Cox, Sr., Donald Lee

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO; and after 9:00 am Monday, October 31st at Parkway Church of the Nazarene in St. Clair, MO

Date: Monday - Oct. 31, 2011
Time: 10:00 am

Service Location:
Parkway Church of the Nazarene in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Donald Lee Cox, Sr. of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on October 28, 2011, having reached the age of sixty-nine years, four months and twenty-six days. Donald was born in St. Clair, MO on June 2, 1942, son of Roy Wave Cox, Sr. and Dollie May Cox nee Brumett. On September 10, 1960 he was united in marriage to Rosie Mae Sohn and three children came to bless this union.

Donald is survived by his wife, Rose Cox of St. Clair; by his children, Genia Marler and husband, Mike, Donald L. Cox, Jr. and wife, Connie, and Lisa Whited and husband, Eddie, all of St. Clair; by his grandchildren, Sean Marler and fiancée, Shelby Bay, of St. Clair, Brandon Marler of St. Clair, Kayla Cox and boyfriend, Steve Pope, of St. Louis, MO, Jordan Whited and fiancée, Kayla Cain, of St. Clair and Jared Whited and wife, Katie, of St. Clair; by his great-grandchildren, Nehemiah and Micah Whited of St. Clair; by two sisters, Cardeen Beyreis and husband, Jim, and Ruth Ann Fryer both of Sullivan, MO; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Roy, Sr. and Dollie Cox; by his brothers, Elmer, Leslie, Wilbur, Jesse, Roy, Jr., Milburn and Bob Cox; and by five sisters, Carolyn Schmitt, Frieda Stahlman and Mary, Sandra and Barbara Cox.

Donald was a Christian and attended Parkway Church of the Nazarene in St. Clair. For most of his working life, Donald was employed by Asplundh Tree Service, retiring after thirty-five years as a tree trimmer and foreman. He was a proud member and retiree of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2 of St. Louis, MO. Donald was an outdoorsman at heart and considered himself a hobby farmer. He often raised chickens and rabbits and even had a goat at one time. Fishing and hunting were favorite pastimes as was working in the garden. He had a love for dogs, especially beagles, and enjoyed training them as well. Donald was a very sociable man with an outgoing personality. He never knew a stranger and had the ability to talk to anyone. He was quite talented playing the guitar and his family loved to listen. What was most dear to his heart was the time spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Each of them held a special place in Don’s heart and the memories they created will forever be treasured by them all.

A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Monday, October 31, 2011 at Parkway Church of the Nazarene in St. Clair with the Rev. Harold Lumley officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.