Donald “Ray” Cox, 84 of Mount Zion, IL, passed into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at
11:00 a.m. at Liberty Village in Clinton, Illinois, surrounded by his family.
A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 at First Christian Church, Decatur,
Ilinois. Funeral service to celebrate his life will be Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Pastor
Wayne Kent will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Christian
Church Decatur, Illinois, National Parkinson Foundation, or The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.
Ray was born at home in Boiling Springs near Decatur, Illinois, in April of 1932 and was the son of William and
Cecilia Cox. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1950. He served his country in the United States Navy.
Ray was a cement mason for over 55 years and a member of the local cement mason’s union. He was a longtime
member of First Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois, and served on the Mount Zion Park Board for many years.
Ray married Verna in February of 1956.
Surviving is his wife, Verna Cox of Mount Zion, Illinois, children, Cindy (Tim) Sinkosky of Maroa, Illinois, Mary
(David) Harpstrite of Springhill, Tennessee, Jerry (Suzi) Cox of Mount Zion, Illinois, Carrie (Mark) Marvin of
Tolono, Illinois, and Cheri (Doug) Buttry of Champaign, Illinois. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, and
four great grandchildren, sister, Joan Pirtle and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was reunited in heaven with his parents, brother, William Cox and sisters, Carrie Mae Cox and Betty Roberts.
Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was an avid fan of Illinois basketball and St.
Louis Cardinals baseball. His loving spirit will be deeply missed and our loss is heaven’s gain.
The family wishes to express special thanks to all of his doctors, nurses and the caring staff at Liberty Village and
to the staff of Safe Haven Hospice.
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