Wesley Cox, 86, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 3:22 a.m. at Court House Manor Assisted Living where he had been residing since February.
Wesley was born August 21, 1936, in Chillicothe, Ohio to Myrtle and John Wesley McDaniel. Following the death of Wesley’s mother during childbirth, he was adopted as a newborn by Jasper William and Sarah Elizabeth Hamman Cox. He was a 1954 graduate of Washington High School and lived most of his life in this community.
During high school he began working at Wades Shoes. He managed the store for many years until its closing in 1982. He then opened his own shoe store inside Uhlman’s Department Store. After a few years, Uhlman’s purchased his store and he became the manager at Uhlman’s. He finished his career with Stage Department Stores, who bought out Uhlman’s, and continued to manage the store until his retirement in 2001.
Wes was a 43-year member of New Holland Lodge F. & A. M. where he served as lodge secretary for seven years. He was a member and past president of the Washington Lions Club and always enjoyed participating in the Lions Club Variety Shows. His favorite part was playing Charlie Chaplin, which he performed more than once, and he also performed several singing parts in the shows. He served 32 years as a member of the Fayette County Charitable Association and was a lifetime member of the Angler’s Club where he enjoyed fishing and just relaxing and reading at the pond. Wes was a sports fan who enjoyed football, baseball, college basketball and F1 racing. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan from the time he was a kid listening to games on the radio. He very much enjoyed cooking, his dogs, the local Farmer’s Market, his Courtview Coffee Club, listening to music and his family. Vacationing in the Outer Banks every year was something he always looked forward to and enjoyed very much.
He is survived by his wife, the former V. Ann Dews; four children, Joseph Alan Cox and his wife, Janice, of Alpharetta, GA; Jennifer Ann Heiny and her husband, Mark, of Washington Court House, Jonathan Dews Cox and his wife, Cindy, of Jeffersonville and Jason Daniel Cox and his wife, Jennifer, of Mason, OH; eight grandchildren, Morgan Cox, Mallory (Ethan) Cunningham, Molly (Terry) Gruber, Jake Pollock, Alicia (Nathan) Dill, Logan, Nathan and Katie Cox; six great grandchildren, Macy, Megan, Paislee, Roman, Macklin, Jovie and a great great granddaughter, Daisy.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation will be observed.
A memorial service, followed by burial in Washington Cemetery, will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.