Jesse “Grandy” Collins Cox, 85, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the Smithville tornado. Born on Jan. 15, 1926, in Smithville, he was a son of Lucille Collins and Moman Terrell Cox Sr. Before his class graduation, he left for World War II. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during this war and during the Korean War. He married Nell Thompson on Sept. 30, 1966. Self-employed most of his life, he was the owner, president and harbor master of Smithville Marina Inc. and co-owned Cox Rentals, LLC. He attended Smithville United Methodist Church and the Joel Davis Sunday school class. A strongly determined man with a great outlook on life, he enjoyed being outside working his farm and at the marina. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he loved listening to his granddaughter sing. He was an Atlanta Braves fan and liked to watch the Gospel Channel 39. He was a Mason and a charter member of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the World War II museum in New Orleans. Fond of children, he was a big supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Services were at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with burial in Young Memorial Garden. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors included his wife of 44 years, Nell T. Cox of Smithville; his son, Scott Collins (Jill) Cox of Smithville; his sister, Beverly (Charles) McFadden of Hot Springs, Ark.; his sister-in-law, Geneva Cox of Memphis; his brothers, M.T. “Terrell” (Thelma) Cox Jr., Raymond Cox and Richard “Dick” (Edna) Cox of Smithville; his grandchildren, Karli Elizabeth Cox and Elijah Collins Cox of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George W. Cox.
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