Kerry David Cox, 70, youngest child of Polly Smith Cox and William E. “Bill” Cox, escaped his earthen feet of clay on December 6, 2023, so he could be present with the Lord.
Whenever Kerry was asked with whom he lived, he always answered, “Jesus.” With his earthly family by his side throughout an intense health crisis, he transitioned softly and tenderly, into his new home with his old friend, mentor, and savior, Jesus,. We grieve because we miss him greatly and always will, but we rejoice that he is with his best friend who loves him even more than we do.
Kerry was born in Washington, NC, on July 14, 1953. He attended Bath High School and graduated in 1971. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with undergraduate degrees in both Speech and Journalism, he later received a Master’s degree in Speech from UNCCH. He completed his teaching certification from East Carolina University. Kerry first worked as a reporter for several newspapers prior to entering the teaching profession.
Kerry began his teaching career as an eighth grade teacher at Pantego and Belhaven schools, later transitioning to teaching at ECU, and Beaufort County Community College. He taught speech at Craven County Community College until his retirement.
Kerry had a deep faith in the Lord and was a passionate supporter of children and of the pro-life movement. A talented vocalist, he sang at many weddings and churches over the years. Growing up, Kerry was very involved with 4-H clubs and with the church. Throughout his life, he loved growing things and cherished the flowers and potted plants planted by his mother and grandmothers. With a deep love and appreciation for the family no longer with us, Kerry sought to be the conduit between them and the current generation, teaching our young ones that those who preceded them were real people who lived, not just names on an ancestral tree.
Kerry had a life-long passion for writing, as evidenced by, but not limited to, his pursuit of a journalism degree. Over his lifetime, he wrote movie and TV scripts as well as scores of children’s stories. He was the historian of our family and kept large books on which he recorded all the bits and pieces of ancestral connections as he heard them. He made hand tracings of our children, our grandchildren, and some of our great-grandchildren in this book as they reached milestones in their lives, and captured in writing the childish wisdom or hilarious questions he caught them saying. When we mamas and daddies were too busy “doing,” Uncle Kerry captured these memories on paper, with date, time, and occasion. He read his stories to our children, encouraging them to make up their own stories which he wrote down for them when they were too small to do it themselves. All our children knew and loved their Uncle Kerry.
Over the years, especially during the years he taught at Craven CCC, he was involved with the movie industry, particularly in Wilmington, often involving his students who got to work as extras in some of the movies and television shows that were produced there. Kerry, himself, appeared as an extra in several of them. He was in several episodes, including the first one, of the popular television series, Dawson’s Creek, and was in the movie, “A Different Kind of Christmas,” starring Shelly Long.
Kerry was a kind and generous man and loved all of his family and extended family very much. He was loved and is survived by his brother, James M. “Jim” Cox (Norma), his sister, Sheila Cox Jones (Larry), his sister, Sandra “Sandi” Cox Evans; nieces Chenoa Evans Jones, Sharon Evans Lowen (Eddie), Crystal Jones Bell (Bill), Kendall Allison Cox, Amy Cox Alligood (Stephen), Kami Cox Newman (Kevin), and Reagan Cox Askew; nephews Larry Wayne Jones, Jr., David Jay Evans (Paige), William Brennan “Bill” Cox, and Matthew Steele “Matt” Cox (Sarah). He was also loved and is survived by great-nephews: Holden, Austin, and Mason Newman, Logan Alligood, Benjamin Bell, Dawson Askew, Josh Evans, Cory and Cameron Jones, Hayden Cox, William and Greg Bell; and great-nieces: Briana Swain, Kristina Lowen Meyer (Seth), Emma Evans, Lauren Alligood, Adeline Cox, Dorothy Jones Dixon (Austin), Katie Jones, Moriah Jones, and Savannah Bell. He was also loved and is survived by great-grand nieces Chloe, Raelyn, Cora, Rue, Madison, and Wren; and great-grand nephew, Mason.
In addition to his parents, Kerry was predeceased by his brothers, William Steele Cox and Gene Halden Cox, a niece, Leigh Cox Swain, and a brother-in-law, Archie “Jay” Evans, Jr.
Services to honor and remember Kerry’s life will take place at 2:00 pm, Monday, December 11, 2023, in the chapel at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service, located at 4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC followed by a short graveside service at Oakdale Cemetery. Visitation with family will be held an hour prior to the funeral service at that same location.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the NC Right to Life. The family is so very grateful for the staff at the Hospice House in Greenville, who, in the short time Kerry was there, treated him and us, like cherished family. Contributions can be made by clicking HERE
Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Cox Family.
Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC
- Monday, December 11, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM