Billy Howard Cox, 1928-2014

Chaplain Colonel Billy Howard Cox (U.S. Army retired), 85, of Jacksonville passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. 
The Rev. Cox was born Feb. 27, 1928, in Huntsville, to Roscoe Harrison Cox and Laura Calico Cox. After graduating from Hendrix College, where he played basketball, he attended seminary and earned his Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University. 
He served as a United Methodist minister for 67 years, 29 of which were as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. A retired elder in the Arkansas Conference, he served churches in the North Arkansas and Little Rock Conferences in addition to his work in the chaplaincy. 
He is survived by his wife, Delle Woodard Cox; four sons, William Howard Cox and Timothy Christian Cox, both of Nashville, Tenn; Thomas Whitney Cox of Graham, N.C.; and Jonathan Marcus Cox of Fairview, Tenn; 15 grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Gaskill of Huntsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Bobby Cox.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 9, in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72117.