Mark Stephen Cox (aka Steve and “the Bull”) of Hiwassee, died Jan. 1, 2014 due to complications from a stroke at the age of 75. He was born on the Dec. 23, 1938. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Hiram and Violet Cox of Hiwassee, and a brother James V. Cox of Crimora.
Steve was a graduate of Dublin High School class of 1958. He proudly served his country in Korea as a private in the Army’s RA Artillery division. He was honored as Soldier of the Month. He was a builder. He worked in construction for over 40 years and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union. He was proud of the many projects around the New River Valley that he worked on including the New River Valley Regional Hospital, Virginia Tech and Radford College. He built a beautiful home for his family on top of Little Irish Mountain in Hiwassee. He always had a great interest in betterment of his community, and he helped to build a new firehouse, a community clubhouse and a recreation area including a picnic shelter and children’s playground. He was instrumental to building a memorial for the Veterans of Pulaski County and started an “Old Solders’ Day.” He also started the annual “Hiwassee Day” Festival to strengthen ties within the community. He was recently honored by the Society of Masons with the Community Builders Award.
Steve was lifelong fan of Bluegrass music. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and banjo. He invented the “Coxhead,” a banjo head with a sound hole. He enjoyed working with many musicians including Don Reno and was a proud supporter of local musicians. He and the love of his life, Sue, spent many happy years on the top of their mountain. They enjoyed the Moose Lodge, The American Legion, The VFW and the monthly breakfast with his classmates from Dublin High School.
Steve is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Sue Quesenberry Cox; one son, Mark, and his wife, Karen, of Athens, Ga.; one daughter, Marcia Stephanie, and her husband, Jeremy Howes, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Malori Vance (Kentucky), Brittany (Colorado), Dakota and Montana Cox (Georgia); Sasha and Kayla Howes (North Carolina); great-granddaughter, Shyla Vance of Kentucky; one surviving brother, Dallas Cox, and his wife, Betty Ann, of Dublin; four sisters, Hattie Haulsee of Hiwassee, Lutitia and her husband, Stanley Tallant, of Blacksburg, Freeda Clevenger and her husband, Larry, of Pulaski, Beulah Zeigs and her husband, Edward, of California, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 3 at Bower Funeral Home located at 1631 Bob White Blvd, Pulaski. Open casket viewing starts at 4 p.m. Visitation with family begins at 6 p.m.
A Celebration of Life program begins at 7 p.m. Following cremation, his remains will be interred at Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery in Dublin at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in memoriam may be made to the Hiwassee Fire Dept, or the Salvation Army with the designation to be used by the Southwest Virginia Military Cemetery’s wreath fund or provisions for the families of local veterans.
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com.
Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements, 980-6160.