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Daily Press
February 3, 1990

EX-POQUOSON VICE MAYOR RICHARD GORDON COX SR.

Retired Col. Richard Gordon Cox Sr., who was vice mayor from 1984 to 1988 during his 12 years as a city councilman, died Friday, Feb. 2, in Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News. He was 72.

Mr. Cox was active in community affairs in Poquoson for more than 20 years after retiring from the Air Force in 1967. He served two stints at Langley Air Force Base.

A native of Fredricksburg, Mr. Cox was educated at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University and George Washington University. He was a World War II Army veteran and achieved the rank of major in infantry intelligence. He earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star with three oakleaf clusters and Purple Heart.

He entered the Air Force in 1946 and helped form the Office of Special Investigations. He served as commander of the OSI at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was stationed at Langley from 1956 to 1959 and from 1963 to 1967.

Cox served on the Poquoson City Council from 1976 to 1988, when he decided not to run for re-election. He was one of the organizers of the Poquoson Athletic Boosters Club and served on the York-Poquoson Social Services Board. He was a past president of the Poquoson Lions Club. He was a member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Sports Club, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Dora Belle Forrest Cox; a daughter, Barbara Cox Hodges of Poquoson; two sons, Richard Gordon Cox Jr. and Van Forrest Cox, both of Newport News; a sister, Shirley C. English, and a brother, Leonard B. Cox, both of Fredricksburg; and two grandchildren.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the church by the Rev. James W. Ward. Burial with military honors will be in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the residence, 135 Forrest Road, and at 1 p.m. Monday prior to the service in the church chapel. The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson 23662.

Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge.

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Daily Press
February 4, 1990

RICHARD G. COX SR.

POQUOSON – A funeral for Retired Col. Richard Gordon Cox Sr., 72, who died Friday, Feb. 2, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Trinity United Methodist Church by the Rev. James W. Ward. Burial with military honors will be in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton.

Mr. Cox graduated from the Command and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1944 and from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., in 1959.

He served as commander of the Office of Special Investigation for the 5th Air Force of the Far East, Tokyo, from 1961 until 1963. He accompanied the first Air Force troops to Vietnam during his service with the 5th Air Force.

Mr. Cox was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and taught the Men’s Bible Class from 1977 until 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Dorabelle Forrest Cox; a daughter, Barbara Cox Hodges of Poquoson; two sons, Richard Gordon Cox Jr. and Van Forrest Cox, both of Newport News; a sister, Shirley C. English of Fredricksburg; a brother, Leonard B. Cox of Fredricksburg; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the residence, 135 Forrest Road, Poquoson, and at 1 p.m. Monday prior to service in the church chapel.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson 23662.

Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge.

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