She was born on Oct. 6, 1940 to the late Mary and Miller Howze Sr. She was the youngest of 11 children. Confessing Christ at an early age, she was baptized at Union Baptist Church in Coffeeville. Later, she joined The Church of God in Christ in Coffeeville. Recently, she served as a faithful member of By Faith Ministries in Dacula, Ga., remaining a faithful member until God called her to her heavenly home.
In 1970, she united in Holy Matrimony to the late Joe L. Cox. To this union, four beautiful children were born. She was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to all she made acquaintance with. She had a strong belief in God and opened her home to family and friends alike. She graduated with the Class of 1958 from Clarke County Training School.
Mary was a compassionate, warm, personable, loving and kindhearted person, who met and mesmerized strangers with her infectious smile. Those who will profoundly miss the warmth of her character include one son, Gregory Ken (Yvonne) Cox, Dacula; three daughters, Thalia Cox and Valerie Cox, both of Virginia Beach, Va., Beverly (Phillip) Slater, Talladega; one stepdaughter, Shelia (David) Mays, Powder Springs, Ga.; one sister, Viola Jordan, Montgomery; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a devoted niece, Gwendolyn Scruggs, Snellville, Ga.; devoted spiritual leader, Rev. Leonard (Selynthia) Tate, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The service was March 14, at Union Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Rev. Clayton Davis Jr., pastor, and Rev. Thomas E. Jackson officiating. Interment was in the Thornton, Howze and Williams Cemetery in Coffeeville.
Condolences to the family may be offered at www.jacksonmemorialfh.com.
Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed. (9- 1tp)