Kerry David Cox

July 14, 1953 - December 6, 2023
Kerry David Cox

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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.

Funeral Service

Monday, December 11, 2023
2:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Visiting Hours

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC
  • Monday, December 11, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • December 18, 2023
    Tara Brocklesby says:
    I remember Mr. Cox being my speech instructor at Craven CC in 1990/91. I was shy and he really was a big encouragement helping me to overcome speaking in front of people. He was a great instructor and overall person. I am saddened to hear this news, but rejoice because of where he is now. My prayers and thoughts are for the family.

  • December 17, 2023
    Linda (Yeatts) Linton says:
    Kerry was a dear friend for many years while he was on this earth. I hold precious memories of working with him to start the Coastal Pregnancy Center. I'm asking God to comfort Kerry's family & friends with lots of happy memories.

  • December 14, 2023
    Valeria Truitt says:
    I'm so sorry to hear of Kerry's passing (although I know that he was prepared and would look forward to entering the "next life" as an adventure). Even though we didn't communicate often after he retired from Craven Community College, I was comforted in knowing that he was *there*. Now I'll be comforted by the memories--of assisting him with using the computer he wrestled with, of arguing politics with him, of meeting for lunch and having long talks about this and that and the other. Kerry definitely was one of the good guys.

  • December 13, 2023
    Jennifer Baer says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, I had the pleasure of working with Kerry at Craven Community College. He was an outstanding teacher and always made himself available to help with special projects. He was very helpful each year we asked and coached many of our student speakers in preparation for the annual Community Fabric Awards event. When he finished his coaching sessions, our students were ready to speak to a crowd of 500. Kerry will be missed.

  • December 11, 2023
    Marvin Alligood & Patsy & Bud Leary says:
    A great friend to all and a wonderful Uncle and Brother to his family.

  • December 10, 2023
    Dolores Morgan says:
    I thought so much of Kerry; we believed so much alike and he was such a good student. Most of all we believed in the same Lord and Savior. We know where he is!!!!! Love to all his family and friends. ❤️

  • December 10, 2023
    Vickie Eborn says:
    Kerry was a kind & gentle soul! Rest in peace my friend. Prayers for peace & comfort for all the family through the coming days.

  • December 09, 2023
    Johnny Woolard says:
    Sorry to hear about your loss, may the Lord comfort all the family members /friends in the days and weeks to come. May each of you cherish the many fond memories you all have of Kerry.

  • December 08, 2023
    Alice cole says:
    I am so sorry to hear this. Kerry was a wonderful man and he gave all he had to every cause he was involved with. I worked closely with him in the Right To Life movement, and I was inspired by his dedication to stop the killing of our unborn children. May he rest in peace, now that his work on earth is done.

  • December 08, 2023
    Charles Latham says:
    Kerry was a classmate and a good friend back in our highschool days. His faith in the Lord Jesus was inspirational and we often worshipped together in the years after our graduation. I pray the Lord will comfort his friends and family, as I know He is comforting Kerry now.

  • December 08, 2023
    Jack and Sarah Smiley says:
    Such a sweet soul. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time. Kerry will be missed by many .

  • December 08, 2023
    Effie Sparrow and Siblings says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Kerry was a fine fellow. We feel fortunate to be a part of his family tree.

  • December 08, 2023
    Effie Sparrow and siblings says:
    So sorry to hear this. Kerry was a fine fellow and we are proud to be part of his family tree.

  • December 08, 2023
    Julian and Debbie Cutler says:
    The obituary mentions 4-H. I was one of those participants with him and his mother. Thoughts and prayers.

  • December 08, 2023
    Judy W Arthur says:
    I will sorely miss our birthday phone visits each July 14th & July 17th and hearing you say, "I'm still older than you, Judy Dale". 😊 You have been a bff since 1st grade 65 years ago & I will never forget the smiles & laughs we shared, until we meet again, Kerry, just know that you left your impression on all of the hearts of we who will love and miss you forever. Rest in Peace with Jesus, your real best friend, and watch over us with God until He sees fit to reunite all of us once more. 🙏😇❤️🌹

  • December 08, 2023
    Anita Swain says:
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Kerry. Such a fine man and always enjoyed talking with him. Prayers and hugs for his family

  • December 08, 2023
    Danny and Dale Everett says:
    So sorry for the family's loss. May God bless and give comfort and peace.

  • December 08, 2023
    Danny and Dale Everett says:
    So sorry for the family's loss. May God bless and give comfort and peace to each of you.

  • December 08, 2023
    Danny and Dale Everett says:
    So sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for comfort and peace to each of them.