Published 11:51 am Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Mr. Eppie Bennett Cox, age 87, a resident of New Bern, died Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
Mr. Cox was born in Beaufort County on September 29, 1935. He was the son of the late William Noah Cox and Bessie Leary Cox. Mr. Cox graduated from Aurora High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s and Doctrine from the University of Virginia. He taught school at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia for many years. He transitioned from teaching to counseling at Blue Ridge Community College. After retiring, Mr. Cox moved back to his home state. He was a former member of the New Bern Civitan Club and volunteered with the Craven Literacy Council. He was passionate about Carolina East Medical Center and volunteered there for over 20 years. Mr. Cox enjoyed travelling, going to the beach, and working in his yard.
Mr. Cox is survived by five nieces, Phyllis Hardison and Barbara Buck both of Washington, Ruth Cox of Grimesland, Sherri Valerio of Vanceboro, Lucy Alligood of New Bern: two nephews, Clint Fleming of Washington, Robert Cox of Deland, FL and special friend, Anthony Thomas of Champaign, IL.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his siblings, Irma MacRee Cox Lancaster (Orie), William Emmitt Cox (Doris), Clifford Earl Cox (Ardith), Flora Miriam Cox Fleming (Clinton), Alton Bonner Cox (Velma), Barbara Joyce Cox Alligood (Ernest), Lonnie Catherine Cox and Malcolm Ray Cox.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Chapel of Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carolina East Medical Center Adult Fund (Volunteer Services) www.carolinaeasthealth.com/foundation/volunteers in his honor.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Cox family.