Friends, neighbors and classmates are cordially invited to attend a celebration of life to be held in memory of Thomas J. Cox, a native of Marion, who passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, on August 17, 2018. The celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the South Fork Baptist Church in Marion. Please see additional details about the service below. Tom was born on March 18, 1930, to Vincent McMillan Cox and Hattie Hubble Cox, longtime Marion residents. Tom grew up on the family farm on Stoney Battery Road with his four brothers, Cameron, Vint Jr., David, and Kenneth. All the brothers helped with the family's various business operations, including growing tobacco, providing truck services and raising cattle. Tom attended local Marion schools and always spoke fondly of his youth and his many adventures with his brothers and friends. Upon graduating from Marion High School, Tom attended nearby Emory & Henry College and later transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with honors. He started his career with Exxon as an engineer working primarily in the company's purchasing department. During his career of over 30 years with Exxon, he received several managerial promotions with increasing responsibilities and worked at the company's locations in Texas, California and New Jersey. As part of his job, Tom traveled throughout the U.S. and overseas. After his retirement in 1986, Tom established a consulting practice where he worked with several clients and then was asked to return to Exxon to work at the company's operations in California and Alaska. Following his retirement, Tom was instrumental in working with his brothers, Vint, David, and Kenneth and his sister-in-law, Evelyn (Cameron's wife) to restore the family farm operations in Marion. Tom helped to create the Cox reunion to bring together extended family members to the Marion farm. During his retirement, Tom also enjoyed traveling in his RV and reading. He was an active member of his local Baptist church in Houston. He stayed actively involved in the lives of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were a true source of delight for him. His selflessness and concern for others will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing Tom. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Thomas J. Cox Jr.; and his brothers, Cameron and sister-in-law, Evelyn and Vint Jr. and sister-in-law, Martha. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Phillips Cox; their daughters, Patricia Cox Sainsbury and husband, Scott Sainsbury, Carol Cox and husband, David Van Oss, and Melissa Cox Wolin and husband, Gary Foster; daughter-in-law, Angie Cox; grandchildren, Jacqueline Sainsbury Kenney and husband, Alex Kenney, Walter Sainsbury and wife, Allison Sainsbury, Sara Van Oss Barber and husband, Phillip Barber, Emma Wolin, Seth Wolin, and Ethan Wolin; and great-grandchildren, Clare and Jude Barber. He is also survived by brothers, David Cox and sister-in-law, Maggie and Kenneth Cox and sister-in-law, Sally, and by numerous nephews and nieces. The celebration of life service for Tom will be hosted by his family at South Fork Baptist Church, 215 South Fork Road, Marion, VA 24354. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Cox family farm house.

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