Funeral services for James David Cox age 88 who passed away Saturday February 22, are to be held at Southside Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville, KY. Mr. Cox was born Feb. 7, 1932 in Paintsville KY son of the late Ben H. Cox and Mary Ethel Wheeler Cox. He was also preceded in death by his son, James D. Cox, II, his daughter Connie Hromyak and his brother Thomas Newell Cox.
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Surviving are his wife Dorothy Conn Cox; two sons, Ben H. Cox (Paulinda) Staffordsville and Timothy G. Cox of Campbellsville, KY, and five grandchildren, Wesley Short, Jerrod (Crystal) Adams, Leslie (Derek) Jones, Aaron (Gera) Cox and James D. Cox, III (Kelly) and Jayden Cox along with 7 great grandchildren. Burial will be at the Cox cemetery in Paintsville.
James was a General Motors dealer for 26 years, developed Starfire Motel and Restaurant, he founded and directed Camp Caleb Christian Youth Camp/Conference Center, Flat Gap, KY from 1979 to 2003. James served five terms on the Paintsville City Counsel, served one term as President of Paintsville Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association, Board of Directors First National Bank. Under Governor Bert T. Combs he helped select and develop Combs Airport and also served on the Kentucky State Board of Avionics.
James was a member of the Southside Free Will Baptist where he served as a Deacon. James was a member of the Gideons International and served that Ministry from 1975 until his death. The verse that God used to call him to the camp ministry was Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is, that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God".
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Gideon Memorial Bible Program by contacting the Preston Funeral Home at 789-4212.