On the morning of Dec. 10, 2016 there was a glorious reunion with many loved ones as Cecil J. Cox left this mortal earth to join numerous loved ones.
Cecil J. Cox was born in Feb. 15, 1923 in Manti Utah to Jay and Hazel (Jacobson) Cox. He passed from this life on Dec. 10, 2016 in St George Utah at the age of 93.
Cecil attended schools in Manti and graduated from Manti High School. Cecil married his sweetheart Phyllis Lorraine (Olsen) Cox shortly after high school on Aug. 15, 1942. He served in the Navy during World War II shortly after this marriage leaving behind his wife and young son. While he served in World War II, his three other brothers were also enlisted and serving in the war at the same time in different military branches. Their parents watched while all four of their sons served for the United States of America. What a sacrifice for these parents that must have been.
When he returned home, Cecil started Cox Brothers Construction Company with his brother Max, and they operated this business from 1946 to 1974. This construction company grew rapidly through the years and was one of the fourth largest construction companies in the state.
The Cox Construction Company was well known in the Western States and the construction industry. Cox Construction Company helped to develop many of the new types of roads, bridges and interstates during that time in the state of Utah. Cecil also owned and operated several other successful companies during his life time, and was a very successful business professional.
After their marriage in 1942, Cecil and Phyllis were blessed with five children who they enjoyed watching grow and develop and teaching them many valuable life lessons along the way, and a true ethic of hard work. These children are Ronnie Jay (Tami), Brent Cecil (LaDonna), Joy Ellen (Gary) Young, Larry William (Betty Jean) and Michael Gordan (Darla). This marriage union was later sealed on Dec. 18, 1963, the very same date that his oldest son and his wife were also sealed in the Manti Temple. This was a glorious day for the family, to be sealed together on the same day.
They have been blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great- grandchild, and each was a welcomed child into this family that they were very proud of and loved dearly. Cecil and Phyllis enjoyed being active members of the Met & ET Club in Manti, with their many close friends. They enjoyed this association and remained dear friends with all of them through their lifetimes.
Cecil was active in the LDS Church and served as a home teacher and attended the temple often during his retirement.
During Cecil’s retirement he enjoyed golfing and helped with the success of the Palisade Golf Course in Sanpete County. He also helped establish the driving range at the South Gate Golf Course in St. George, Utah. He was an avid golf player and was well known for his abilities, skills. He won many golf tournaments, and especially his “Six Hole-in-One” accomplishments.
Cecil was the youngest boy of seven children, as he had three sisters and three brothers.
He is survived by his youngest sister, Phyllis Cox Irons of Moroni, who just recently turned 90, all of his children and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
The family would like to thank the Beehive Assisted Living His precious wife Phyllis Lorraine Cox preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1994. There is now a beautiful reunion this special holiday season as they can once again be together.
Preceded in his death were: sisters Beulah Tuttle, Naomi Cox, and brothers Elliott, Homer (Junior) and Max Cox. He was also preceded by his parents Jay and Hazel (Jacobson) Cox, and three great-grandchildren, Tyson Miller, Jared Miller and Jessica Jean Miller.
Center in St. George and the staff there. They became such a valuable part of his extended family for so many years. They helped to make his life more enjoyable while he was there and to help him find enjoyment in his life. He was a model resident for them.
During the last months of his life the Applegate Hospice Care, including Bob, Craig and Colten, were instrumental in helping ease his pain, and to care for him in such a loving, helpful and tender way until the end. The family deeply appreciates them for their acts of kindness and love. There have also been many family and friends who have made visits and helped with his care and his enjoyment, and the family appreciates these many acts of time and kindness.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at noon in the Manti Tabernacle. Friends may call on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at the Tabernacle from 6-7:30 p.m. and also prior to services on Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery with Military Honors by the Manti American Legion Post #31.
Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at maglebymortuary.com.