James Lewis Cox Sr. of Rockdale passed away at home on Friday, June 28, 2013.

He was born in Alva, Oklahoma, on July 21, 1930, to Jarred and Ruth Irene (Vance) Cox.

Jim married Betty Jane Burket on July 22, 1950, in Alva. Of this union were born three children, Nancy, Jimmy and Joe.

Jim ser ved in the Oklahoma National Guard two years during high school and was called to active duty immediately after his wedding to Betty in July of 1950. He served in Japan and Korea and was honorably discharged in 1952.

Upon his return to the U.S., Jim and Betty moved to Wichita, Kansas, where they worked for a couple of years at the Beech and Boeing Aircraft plants.

Then Jim decided to attend DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois, to study electronics. After graduation in 1955, Jim joined Texas Instruments in Dallas, where he worked in the engineering model shop during the early development of computers.

Jim later transferred to Geophysical Services Inc., the seismograph branch of TI, where he worked searching for oil using highly-sophisticated computer equipment. For 13 years, Jim’s job as a GSI field engineer involved traveling from the North Sea to South Africa, and from the Australian Outback to the Gulf of Mexico (and all parts in between) keeping GSI’s computer equipment running.

By now, the children were in grade school and Jim felt he needed to be at home with his family. So in 1969, he purchased White’s Home & Auto Store in Rockdale where the family settled. Jim and Betty built up the business and involved their children in every aspect of its operation.

When the store closed its doors in 1984, Jim formed J.L. Cox Enterprises, specializing in the application of spray foam insulation and elastomeric coating. Jim worked hard side-by-side with his wife and sons, finally retiring a few years ago.

Jim was active in the Rockdale Lions Club for 30 years. He served on the board of the Rockdale Housing Authority since it was founded and was the board chair/president for many years.

Jim enjoyed his daily participation in the “Ten O’Clock Morning Coffee Club” in Rockdale, where the world’s problems were discussed and solved in 30 minutes. He joined in the informal contest of who could talk the loudest during each session. Jim was known for his knowledge of business, quick wit and sense of humor.

Jim was involved with the “Meadowlarks,” a musical group which sings monthly at five area nursing homes and at the Senior Citizens Center.

He was a member of the Milam County Cowboy Church.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Nancy (John) Olden of College Station, Jimmy (Mona) Cox of Rockdale and Joe (Ruth) Cox of Lake Somerville. Also surviving are grandchildren Paula ( Kit) Hicks, Jeremy ( Tess) Cox, Jarred Cox, all of Rockdale, Kyle (Natalie) Joseph of Bryan, Alex Cox of Temple, Kayla (Ray Paul) Marshall, Justin Olden and Ethan Olden, all of College Station. Great-grandchildren surviving are A.J. and Devon Hicks and Jameson and Jonah Cox, all of Rockdale.

Jim is most grateful to Jesus for saving his soul on April 7, 2013; we know he is breathing easy and is free of pain with Jesus today.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 1, 2013, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, Pastor Greg Spears officiating; burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Jim’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

The family thanks all the caregivers, special friends and relatives for the love and support provided to Jim during his illness.

Memorials should be made to your charity of choice.

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