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Richard Cox



I was born October 17 1925 to Lloyd Thomas and Nora Beck Cox. As a child Iattended both the Primitive Baptist and Methodist meetings, having a mother that was raised of the Methodist persuasion. I graduated from high school in 1943 and joined the Navy at the age of 17 to fight in WWII. While on my ship at sea we had done all that was humanly possible to save ourselves from being crashed into by a Japanese plane. At this point I fell upon my knees and began to beg the Lord to spare my shipmates and myself. The plane miraculously missedour ship and plunged into the sea.

At the end of the war I was honorably discharged from the Navy. I finally returned home and started attending Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church.One night in September 1952 while attending an appointment for Elder Walter Evans, I felt compelled to join the church. The church received me as a candidate for baptism and I was baptized the next Sunday, September 7, 1952, by the pastor, Elder L.G.Cashion, and Elder C.E. Pickard my brother-in-law who had been ordained the day before.

Finally I went back to my schooling for a year and half. Then I stopped and worked for a while at different places. During this time I got reacquainted with a young woman from my youth. Beryl Hughes Blakely was now a widow with three small boys. We were married in 1960. We later had two daughters the first of which only lived a few hours after birth.

In August 1964 the church called for and ordained me as a deacon of Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Soon after I moved my membership to Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church near Amelia Va. as I was over 200 miles from my former home. They received me as a deacon and also had me lead the singing and offer prayer. In time I became so burdened to preach that the church gave me liberty for a year. At the end of that year I having been discouraged by one or two I ask that my liberty not be extended. I sat in silence for years still not satisfied. Finally I could bear it no longer and in 1985 ask that I might speak again. Thechurch was permissive I felt to have more liberty this time.

My wife became very ill with cancer and suffered for some time. We did our best to make her last days comfortable. We had been together for over 25 years. She fought hard but finally gave up to be with our Lord and master.

In June 1986, I married Sarah Dallas, the daughter of Elder SJB Dallas who had passed away before I had an opportunity to meet him. In February of 1989 1 retired after 26 years with AT&T and in April of 1989, I was ordained to the full work of the ministry at Little Flock Church. Elder James Land and Elder Raymond Pressley preached my charge and there were eleven preachers present andnumerous deacons.

I served as pastor to Mill Creek Primitive Baptist Church near Luray, VA for a littleover a year. In 1991 Sarah and I moved back to my home state of NC and after about a year we move our membership to Pleasant Hill Church near Asheboro.

At present I am not serving as pastor to any churches. I am trying to fill someappointments for our pastor whose health is not the best right now. I pray that all the rest of my days shall be to His praise, honor and glory and that I can always live in a manner that would afford me a home among the Primitive Baptists.

Obituary - (2015)

Elder L. Richard Cox of Culpeper, Va., left this life December 5, 2015, at 12 p.m. after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sarah Dallas Cox; his daughter, Diane C. Hutchinson and her husband, Gary; his sons, William "Ron" Blakely and his wife, Suzy, and Kevin Blakely and his wife, Connie, all of Chesterfield, Va.; daughter-in-law, Tammy Blakely; and six grandchildren, Allison B. Powell and Jennifer Blakely of California, and Michelle, Katie, Christopher Hutchison and Bridget Blakely, all of Chesterfield, Va. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beryl Blakely Cox; infant daughter, Rene; sister, Marie Pickard; and son, Bruce J. Blakely.Richard retired from AT&T after 25 years of service as a mechanical engineer. He was ordained to ministry in April 1989 where his real life's work began. Richard was a member and pastor of the Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church in Sperryville, Va. for the past 15 years. He also pastored the Waterlick Primitive Baptist Church near Front Royal, Va., the Barrows Run Primitive Baptist Church in Opal, Va., and filled a standing appointment at the Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.Richard served in the Navy during WWII and had recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He was born October 17, 1925 to the late Lloyd T, and Nora Beck Cox of Jamestown, N.C. He moved to Richmond, Va. in the early seventies due to a job transfer. After retirement he and his second wife moved back to N.C. to be near his sister who had been diagnosed with leukemia. They moved to Culpeper, Va. in 2000 after being called as pastor to Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church.He was an avid bowler until his bout with cancer and treatments of chemo left him too weak to participate. As a dedicated minister, his greatest desire was to serve the Lord by serving his people. During the five years he fought cancer, he only missed a few meetings when he was hospitalized. He traveled and preached in many states and was well respected by all who knew him.The family will receive visitors at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Va.

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