He was born Oct. 10, 1923. He was a native of the Rockville Community. He was born to the parentage of the late Fortune Fox Sr. and Alice Bumpers Fox. He retired from Boise Cascade and the Clarke County Board of Education Transportation Department where he was a bus driver for 18 years. He was a World War
II veteran of the United States
Army, where he
received the Meritorious Unit Award, the Good Conduct, APTO, and World War II Victory Medals. He was an honorable discharged veteran of the United States Army. He served as a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Faith for over 52 years and pastored for approximately 30 years. Churches under his pastorate include: Antioch, Gainestown, Mt. Horeb, Allen; Wayman Chapel, Suggsville, St. John, Lower Peach Tree and Good Hope AME Church of Gainestown.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 60 years, Fannie Bracy Fox, Jackson; one son, Rev. Thomas Fox Jr., Jackson; five daughters, Sadie (Robert L.) Fox-Worthy, Raeford, N.C., Lorraine (Jerry) Armstead, Emily M. Fox-Smith, both of Jackson, Jualdene Fox, Augusta, Ga., Victoria (Rev. Hurley) James, Jackson; two brothers, Amos (Elizabeth) Fox, Mobile, Elvin (Sophia) Fox, Jackson; five sisters, Wilcy Mae Boykin, Jackson, Erma Golston, Alice Taylor, Ilry Wells, all of Mobile, Ada Rowland, Alma; five sisters-inlaw, Henrietta Fox, Earsell Fox, Mary Booker, Ernestine Bracy and Ethel Hannah; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Thursday, (today), Aug. 23 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Antioch AME Church in Gainestown conducted by Pastor Robert Taylor and family clergymen, Pastor Thomas Fox Jr., Pastor Hurley James, ministers Nicholas Jackson, Terence Armstead and Eddie Tobias James. The service will be Friday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainestown. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be held at the gravesite. Burial will be in the New St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery in the Lilly Valley Community of Jackson. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.