Joe David Cox

Joe David Cox

Joe David Cox

March 12, 1942~July 21, 2021

Joe David Cox, 79 of Crestview, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Mr. Cox was born on March 12, 1942, in Florala Alabama, he was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County. Joe was the first deaf civil engineer to work at Eglin Air Force Base and after a long career he retired in 2007. He was the Pastor to Deaf Ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Crestview and had memberships with FBCD, SBCD, Oklahoma BCD which are other deaf organizations.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, William Cecil and Naomi Johnson Cox, brother, William Cox
Joe is survived by his wife, Daphne Jo Cox, three daughters, Ivana Fore, Charity Cox, Lisa Cox, Son-in-Law, Melvin Fore, three granddaughters, Rylee and Emma Fore, Lucinda Cox, two grandsons, Keannan and Kyle, brother, Dewain Cox in Delaware.
Funeral service will be held Monday, July 26, 2021, beginning at 11:00 am, at Emmanuel Baptist Church 3252 E. James Lee Blvd, Crestview Florida 32539, with Pastor Ian Anderson officiating. Burial to follow at Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, July 26, 2021 from 10-11am at the church.
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Betty (King) Schneckenburger (Friend )

July 24, 2021, 12:00 am

I grew up with Dewayne and Joe. I never could do sign language but I know he was kind, caring thoughtful as a teenager!
He ask me to dance once and I was so impressed with his thoughtfulness. I was only only about 14 so he was much older.
He made me feel special.
We all lived in Niceville, Florida then.
My brother in law (Bill Baker) deceased lived near their homes, so I got to know the family.
His Mom snd Dad were good people.
It showed in how the children acted,
I think of them all many times and Joe!
Rest Joe, your job here is done.

Robert Crowell (Friend)

July 24, 2021, 12:00 am

I had the pleasure of knowing Joe Cox. I met him way back in the mid-2000’s at the SBCD. I found him to be very Godly and pure ASL Pastor. I loved every part of conversations with him. He will be missed for the time bring until I meet him again sometime in the future.
P.S. I never forget his story about alligator.

Lisabeth Crawford (Friend)

July 24, 2021, 12:00 am

I learned so much from Joe at FBCD. He was a gentle, sweet man who loved God and his family. His job is done on earth but I know I will see him in heaven. Well done good and faithful servant.

Mary Spell (school friend)

July 24, 2021, 12:00 am

I know him long time in deaf school in St Augustine, FL. He was one year older than me. He was in my class for last 3 years before he left. He was so cool and good guy. He always smiled and be happy. He will be missed by many deaf who grow up with him in deaf school.

Gayle Smith (Special friend)

July 25, 2021, 12:00 am

May fond memories of your wonderful husband bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Gary and Iris (Friends)

July 25, 2021, 12:00 am

While Iris knew Joe and Daphne for over 45 years, I had the pleasure of meeting Joe several times over the past 5 years. We are saddened by the passing of this wonderful man, this selfless servant, this gentle lion of God who was always giving his love and humor to others. Only God knows how many lives he has touched in a positive way and more friendships no doubt await him. While we grieve he has moved on, our memories of him and the example he set for us live on forever.

Bill & Sharon Hazard (Neighbors)

July 26, 2021, 12:00 am

Out deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Joe’s family. Joe always had a smile and wavy for us. Over the many years we knew, we could count on each other to keep an eye on things. Especially our crazy horses getting out. Joe will be missed as our warmest , caring neighbor.
Know our hearts are with all of you, at this very sad time.
Deepest condolences to Joe’s family.
Bill and Sharon Hazard on Mare Creek Drive.

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