James Leroy Cox Jr. peacefully passed from this life early Tuesday morning, August 28, 2012, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 72.
Born in Lynwood Nov. 20, 1939, to the late Missouri natives James Sr. and Dora (Jennings) Cox, Jim spent his early years in Southern California before moving to Missouri and then returning to Southern California where he continued his education graduating from Big Pine High School as a member of the “Class of 1956.”
Following graduation, Jim continued to work on the family’s dairy before beginning a career with Caltrans in the mid-1960s. He worked throughout the southern corridor of Highway 395 before transferring to the Fortuna area of the north coast and in 1979, relocating to Quincy where he retired as a supervisor in 1996.
On June 9, 1979, Jim marred Eileen in Medford, Ore. The couple was introduced through each other’s children, a union that has lasted 33 loving years.
First and foremost, a devoted family man, Jim found great pleasure in spending as much time as possible with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Jim was active in supporting the arts in his community and could be found assisting in the production of musicals, designing and building sets and lighting as well as working alongside his wife assisting in any way possible with her dance classes at Footloose Dance Studio.
A staunch advocate for the Constitution’s Second Amendment Right, Jim was a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed target shooting, reloading and refurbishing firearms. When his health permitted, he also enjoyed gardening. Jim was a longtime member of the Quincy Church of Christ.
In passing, Jim leaves his wife and best friend, Eileen Cox of Quincy; son, Randy Cox of Grass Valley; daughters, Kathie DelCruz and her husband Joe of Victorville; Kimberly and her husband Tim Retallack, Sharrill and her husband Ray Irons, all of Quincy; Maggie Glover and her husband Kevin of Port Orchard, Wash., and Mitzie Cox of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Bob Cox of Boise, Idaho; sister Norma Schaffer of Corona; and the joys of Jims later life his 12 grand- and four great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Jim joins his two brothers, Bert and Bill, in their eternal home.
At Jim’s request, following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Any remembrances in Jim’s memory may be made to the NRA’s Second Amendment Rights Foundation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.
Jerry Scotti, 70, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 31, 2012, at his home in Chester.
Services will be held Sept. 12, 11 a.m. at Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger Mortuary, 5401 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, and a graveside service at the Chester Cemetery, 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. See next week’s paper for a full obituary.