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James Cox

December 19, 1953 - August 24, 2016

Burial Date: August 27, 2016

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Lawson

Cemetery Old Union Cemetery

Church Lawson Baptist Church

  • Visitation: 10-11a, Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Lawson Baptist Church
  • Funeral: 11a, Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Lawson Baptist Church
  • Burial: Following the Funeral at Old Union Christian Union Cemetery

James Robert Cox, of Lawson, MO, passed away on August 24, 2016 at the age of 62. He was born to James Augustus and Dorothy Smith Cox on December 19, 1953. An exemplary student in high school, he also enjoyed playing for the Lawson High School football team and participating in track as a long-distance runner. He graduated from Lawson High in 1972. Following graduation he volunteered several years with the MDA in many capacities, including volunteering at their yearly summer camps and serving as a representative of the association. In 1975 he completed his Paramedic’s training in Smithville, MO. In addition to working his entire adult life as a paramedic, he also became a police officer, serving over 35 years, beginning in Excelsior Springs, until his retirement as a sergeant from the Independence Missouri Police force. During this period, and until his passing, he also worked for the Lawson Fire Department, taught EMT and firearms classes, and worked for Missouri’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). As both a paramedic and a police officer, he was awarded multiple commendations. In 1989 he traveled to Jamaica to teach as an EMT and assist with the local medical facilities.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and outdoor adventurer, whom loved hunting, fishing, trapping, and camping. He took great pleasure and pride in his work and treasured the many friendships that grew over his many years of service. His family and friends enjoyed his contagious sense of humor and one-of-a-kind stories. He loved to sing and nurtured a passion for music in all of his children. Like his father, he was an avid reader, of all genres. Yet, he always kept a soft-spot for Science Fiction. He even got to see his own writing in print in EMT publications. He was a sturdy and devoted friend, an ornery yet loyal and supportive son and brother, and a tender parent and grandparent who claimed every child took after him, alone.

He was preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his 2 sisters and their husbands: Judy and Don Harrison and Mary Beth and Danny Kramer. He is also survived by his 6 children and their spouses: Deana and Bill Deming, Paul and Andrea Heath, Amy and Joe Henderson, Adam Cox, Laura and Brian Evans, and Ida and Brandon Kelley. He has 10 grandchildren.

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