Virginia Merdell “Delle” Cox, 1933-2015

Virginia Merdell “Delle” Woodard Cox, recently residing in Nashville, Tenn., passed away on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. She would have been 82 years of age on her next birthday.

Delle was born on Sept. 11, 1933, in Dutch Creek, Ark., to the late Virgil Clifton Woodard and Annie Merle Williams Woodard. After spending her formative years in Arkansas and California, she married Billy Howard Cox of Huntsville, Ark., who was a Methodist minister serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. They were married for 55 years, raised four sons and were stationed throughout the United States and Europe.

Since grammar school, Delle enjoyed writing poetry, songs and plays, mainly for self-expression. In 1974, she shared a collection of her poems in her book, “The Heart is Sometimes AWOL.” AWOL is the military acronym for Absent Without Leave.

Family and friends were Delle’s passion and delight, second only to her devotion to God. She was an avid student of the Bible and always willing to teach the truth in love.

In addition to her parents and husband, Delle was preceded in death by her two brothers, Gerald and Eugene Woodard. She is survived by her four sons, William Howard (Laura Taylor) Cox of Nashville, Tenn., Timothy Christian (Suzanne Eagye) Cox of Pegram, Tenn., Thomas Whitney (Sheri Ferguson) Cox of Graham, N.C., and Jonathan Marcus (Janna Bray) Cox of Fairview, Tenn.; fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Woodard Herring of Danville, Ark.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Danville. A graveside service followed at the Earl Ladd Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.