It is with great sadness that the family of Leon Cox announces his passing from this earth to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Mr. Cox, son of the late James and Doris Smalley Cox was born on April 30, 1949, grew up in the Leathersville Community and graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1967. Following graduation, he began a career in construction that spanned over 54 years. In 1980, he and his brother, Alvin started Cox Brothers Builders and following Alvin’s retirement, his son Jamie joined the business which Leon has been active in until a few days ago when he became ill. During the past 40 years, it is estimated that he built over 500 houses.
Leon was very well-loved by his family, friends and community, and he was well-known for the annual Memorial Day weekend Pig Pickin' and the annual Fishing Tournament at the Cox Farm. Other community events that he was involved with are Relay for Life, Compass for Hope, and he was a walking produce stand for anyone who wanted vegetables from his plentiful garden.
He was most well-known for his love of his church and for the family of God. He served faithfully at Lincolnton First Assembly of God for more than 40 years where he was a board member, the first commander for the Royal Ranger boys program which he led for 30 years, supervised the God's Handyman outreach, helped with youth programs including crafts and woodworking during Vacation Bible School and the Kingdom Kidz choir. For many years he was a member of the Adult Choir and participated in Passion Plays as well as the Path to Christmas.
Beginning in 1981, he began going on mission trips with his church. Over the next 38 years, he went on 40 trips, many of them included building a church in a week’s time while others were renovation projects at schools and building homes for the homeless. Missions giving and helping those in need were his passions. His hobbies included hunting, gardening, bird watching, outdoors, riding 4-wheelers, and Lincoln County football.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Carol Reese Cox; daughters, Lisa C. Aycock of Lincolnton and Shannon Newton and husband Dewayne of Clearwater, SC; son, Jamie Cox and wife Kim of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Laney Aycock, Abbie Cox, Anna Cox, Ali Cox, Erica Newton and Kayla Newton; brothers, Edward Cox and wife Bernice of Greenwood and Alvin Cox and wife June of Lincolnton and his best buddy, Allen Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Dudley Bryant.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2pm at First Assembly of God, Lincolnton with Revs. Lanis Lewis, Terry Bonds and Mike McBride officiating. interment following in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm on Friday at First Assembly of God, 328 May Ave., Lincolnton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God, c/o Benevolence Fund or Missions Fund, P.O. Box 457, Lincolnton, Ga. 30817.
Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton is honored to serve the family of Mr. Leon W. Cox.
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First Assembly of God Benevolence Fund
P.O. Box 457, Lincolnton GA 30817
First Assembly of God Missions
P.O. Box 457, Lincolnton GA 30817