Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Thomas Cox, 101, passed away peacefully July 4, 2020, at his daughter’s home in Midland after a brief illness.
Lt. Col Cox’s military career, from 1935 to 1967, spanned World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War, ending with the Vietnam War. Joining the National Guard in 1935 at 16, he served with Battery A of the 113th Field Artillery Regiment, based in Greenville, N.C. Discharged in 1939, he was recalled in 1940, when his unit was mobilized for World War II.
Later qualifying for Army Officer Candidate School, Mr. Cox earned his commission as a second lieutenant in 1942 and was assigned to Battery B of the 25th Field Artillery Regiment. His World War II service took him to Puerto Rico, England and France before ending in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. His tour of duty over, Mr. Cox returned to the United States, where he was commissioned an officer in the regular Army. He was sent to Italy serving with the 88th Division in Trieste.
During the Korean War, he served as operations officer for a 155-mm artillery unit in the far west part of Korea. Over the final 14 years of his military service, Mr. Cox held a number of positions in Army headquarters with duties ranging from overseas tours and instruction to working with the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Atomic Support Agency on atomic warhead artillery shells then in development. Lt. Col. Cox volunteered to serve in combat during the Vietnam War, but due to the extent of his security clearances, he was told he would only have a secure job behind a desk in Saigon. Never one to sit on the sidelines, he retired in 1967.
Beloved by everyone who knew him, Lt. Col. Cox was a true example of the Greatest Generation and an unwavering patriot. He was devoted to God, his country and his family. A hole will be left in the hearts of all who knew him.
He was a loving father of two daughters, Laura Jo Moats (Dennie) of Midland and Lillian “Ginny” Williams (Stewart) of Champaign, Ill.; grandfather of Richard Kevin Williams (Jaime) of Illinois, Rebecca Moats Miller (Chip) of Warrenton, Elizabeth Moats Woodson (Steven) of Midland, Grant Thomas Williams (Julia) of Illinois and Stewart Rhea Williams (Sarah) of Illinois; great grandfather of Jeremy Woodson, Allison Williams, Samantha Williams, Hailey Williams, Michael Miller, Brent Miller, Steven Miller, Grant Williams and Maci Williams; great great grandfather of Asher Woodson and Anna Woodson, and brother-in-law for 77 years of Edward C. Blanchard.
Lt. Col. Cox was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Ada Lillian Blanchard Cox, and an infant great grandson, Ethan James Williams.
A visitation will be held at Moser Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, with a service following. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com