(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
18 Feb 1888 - 1 Aug 1934
Prominent Artesia Citizen Died Wednesday Afternoon After Operation.
R.M. Cox, former mayor of Artesia, mechanical foreman for the M. & O. Railroad, died Wednesday afternoon at the Starkville Hospital following an operation a week ago for appendicitis. He was thought to be improving when complications set in.
Funeral services were arranged for 5 o'clock this afternoon conducted by the Rev. Roy Lewis, pastor of the Baptist Church, and the Rev. W.L. Pearson, pastor of the Methodist Church.
Mr. Cox moved to Artesia 20 years ago from Maplesville, Ala. He had been a trustee of the school for the past three years, a deacon of the Baptist Church, a Mason and a Pythian.
He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Pierson Howard of New Hope; three sons, Robert, Woodrow and Wilson; his mother who lives in Maplesville; four brothers, A.J. Cox of Demopolis, Ala., J.T. Cox of Maplesville, C.M. Cox of Louisville, Ky., and W.R. Cox of Birmingham; two sisters, Mrs. J.D. Wilson and Mrs. C.F. Merchants of Maplesville.
The active pallbearers included men who worked with him, Frippe Boozer, C.Y. Medlock, Max Peterson, Purvis Smith, H.H. Smith, and W.L. Cook; honorary L.R. Hamm, Mack Foster, L.A. Halbert, Cleve Andrews, H.C. Cash, J.W. Harvey, Pat Jamison and Jamie Gillespie.
Ladies of the flower committee were Mrs. L.R. Hamm, Mrs. Max Peterson, Mrs. Gaius Bush, Mrs. Fred Stephens, Mrs. A.R. Sanders, and Miss Frances Gillespie.