James Loyd Cox, 87, died at his home in Rock Island on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 23, 1924, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Drew Franklin and Mamie Bell (Gilpin) Cox. He was married to his first wife, Dorothy Edna Shipman for 59 years. James began working in the coal mines in Sebastian County, Arkansas at age 17. When the coal mines began shutting down in the 1950s, he moved his family to California where he was a foreman building freeways for the Guy F. Atkinson Construction Co. The family returned to Oklahoma in 1968, where Mr. Cox lived until his death. He was employed at Larson and Ware Construction Co. in Fort Smith, Ark., until his retirement in 1980. He was preceded in death by his parents, Drew and Mamie Cox; brothers, Robert Lee and Harold Franklin Cox; sister, Betty June (Cox) Tankersley, and his first wife, Dorothy Edna (Shipman) Cox.
Graveside funeral service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood, Ark.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce June Cox, of Rock Island; daughters, JoAnn and husband, Robert James Carpenter of Rock Island, Lois Kay Daubenberger of Rock Island; stepdaughter, Darla Chasteen of Alabama; stepson Joseph Chasteen of Fort Smith; sisters, Clara May Dow, Ruby Fay Kozderka, and Geraldine Pat Tankersley, all of Pocola, and Sylvia Dean Dillard of Rye Hill, Ark.; grandchildren, Denise Ann “Dee Dee” Gregory and fiancée Charles Macy of Rock Island, Gretchen Renee and husband Rob Fisher of Cleveland, Okla., Julie Marie Herrin of Rock Island, William Matthew Daubenberger of Rock Island; great-grandchildren, Ashley Dawn and Kyle Dewayne Gregory, Robert Logan “Bobby” and Leah Marie Beals, and Kelsey Nicole Fisher; a great-great-grandchild due in January 2012, to be named Krystian Zane Perrine.
Pallbearers will be Rob Fisher, William Matthew Daubenberger, Lavern “Dude” Burns, Billy Burns, Larry Burns, and Timothy Church.
The family would like to thank Peachtree Hospice for their guidance and care during this difficult time. James Cox was a beloved man and a great story teller of family history as well as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed.
Visit www.mcconnellfh.com  to place an online tribute or condolence.