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Jerold L. Cox, Jr.

Jerold L. Cox, Jr.

Jerold Loyd Cox, Jr., 76, of New Athens, IL, born March 4, 1947 in Providence, RI, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, a retired coal miner from Peabody Coal Company in Marissa, IL and retired from the State of Illinois Dept. of Transportation. He was also a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL and an active member of the church “Agie Crew”. Jerry was a former member of the New Athens Volunteer Fire Dept., a former driver for the New Athens Volunteer Ambulance Service and former member of the O’Fallon Underwater Search and Rescue Team in O’Fallon, IL. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and Elderberry wine. He was a devoted follower of his grandkids sporting events and enjoyed Taco Tuesdays and dominoes with friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents – Jerold L and Gloria (Frantz) Cox, Sr., his father and mother-in-law – Cletus and Flora (Clementi) Lanter, brother-in-law – Steve Schott and a niece – Holly Cox.

Surviving him are his loving wife – the former Sandra M. Lanter, whom he married on November 8, 1969 in Belleville, IL, 3 children – Scott (Jodi) Cox of Smithton, IL, Jerrilyn (Joel) Miller of Belleville, IL and Joseph (Jamee) Cox of New Athens, IL, 7 siblings, Gloria (Charles) Bierman of Belleville, IL, Tracy (Deniece) Cox of Sparta, IL, Sue (Danny) Wilson of Woodlawn, IL, Kevin (Tarjius) Cox of Waycross GA, Eric (Diane) Cox of Hamburg, PA, Sheryl Smith of Las Vegas, NV and Miriam (Antony) Peradotto of Olympia WA, 7 grandchildren – Ryan, Matthew, Elisabeth (Ladybug), Carter, Elise, Reese and Jesse and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL.

Visitation: Thursday December 28, 2023 from 4 – 8 p.m and again from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday December 29, 2023 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL.

Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday December 29, 2023 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL. with Fr. Von Deeke and Fr. James M. Nall officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Debbie Castillo says:

    Sandy,
    Praying for you and your family.

  2. Mary Walters says:

    To Sandy and all the Cox family I am so sorry for your loss way too soon . Hopefully the good memories and family will help you though He liked to joke like my dad, always called me the mean kid told him I still was

  3. Mary Mudd says:

    Jerri,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. Your dad sounds like a wonderful person. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Gretchen Tennant says:

    Jerri,
    I’m very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I hope the memories and love you shared will offer some solace. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  5. Joan Papaleo says:

    Jerri, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I didn’t know him but I know you’re wonderful and that is a reflection of your parents and upbringing. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

  6. Jade Jones says:

    Jerri,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He sounded like a wonderful man. The apple don’t fall far from the tree. You are such a beautiful person yourself. I pray you get peace and comfort through this tremendous loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  7. Amanda (Cox) Bachman says:

    Uncle Jerry was a great Uncle.
    He was a simple man and he loved his family dearly.
    Every time I came home, he and Aunt Sandy took me to Olive Garden for dinner (my fave & my request every time) with my other Aunts & Uncles.
    I didn’t see him as often as I would’ve liked because I moved to Pennsylvania, but I cherish all the times we did get to spend together over the years.
    I have fond memories of homemade ice cream, Friday night fish dinners as a child, sleepovers with my cousins at their house, and I’m very thankful he came to my wedding.
    I will miss him forever but I will hold these & many other memories close to my heart!
    Sending Prayers, Hugs, and So much Love to my Aunt Sandy, and my cousins Scott, Jerrilyn & Joe, and their families.

  8. Sonja Prince says:

    Jerri,

    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I’m praying good memories will comfort you during this difficult time.

  9. Androne J Rhodes says:

    Jerri, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May the Holy Spirit comfort you each and everyday in your time of sadness.

  10. Nicole McRoberts says:

    Jerri,

    May the Lord give you and your family peace, comfort and understanding in the passing of your father.

  11. Helen A Mccloskey says:

    Condolences and prayers for the Cix family and to Joe. Jamee and entire Cox family.

  12. Kevin Cox says:

    He was a great brother,even when he shot me with a BB gun and claimed he thought I was a bird in the bushes!

  13. Lela Neisler says:

    My sympathy to the family. I remember when Jerry and Tracy were in the MTHS Class of ’66. I am grateful for Jerry’s service in Vietnam.

    • Gary Havel Sr says:

      Rest in peace my old friend lot of good memories hunting with you deer camp our kids growing up our memories will always be in my mind dear chili skunk sent I can go on and on and on used to love to share them with you how many pins did you use all of them

  14. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    To the entire Cox family,
    I am so very sorry about Jerry’s passing. I saw him and Sandy at Mass last Sunday. Know that he, and all of you will be in my prayers. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O LORD, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he, through God’s mercy, Rest In Peace.

  15. Pamela Sinn Hargan says:

    I am so sorry to read of Jerry’s death; sympathies to Sandy and his siblings and the rest of his family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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  1. I am so sorry to read of Jerry’s death; sympathies to Sandy and his siblings and the rest of his family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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  2. To the entire Cox family,
    I am so very sorry about Jerry’s passing. I saw him and Sandy at Mass last Sunday. Know that he, and all of you will be in my prayers. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O LORD, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he, through God’s mercy, Rest In Peace.

    Reply
  3. My sympathy to the family. I remember when Jerry and Tracy were in the MTHS Class of ’66. I am grateful for Jerry’s service in Vietnam.

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    • Rest in peace my old friend lot of good memories hunting with you deer camp our kids growing up our memories will always be in my mind dear chili skunk sent I can go on and on and on used to love to share them with you how many pins did you use all of them

      Reply
  4. He was a great brother,even when he shot me with a BB gun and claimed he thought I was a bird in the bushes!

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  5. Condolences and prayers for the Cix family and to Joe. Jamee and entire Cox family.

    Reply
  6. Jerri,

    May the Lord give you and your family peace, comfort and understanding in the passing of your father.

    Reply
  7. Jerri, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May the Holy Spirit comfort you each and everyday in your time of sadness.

    Reply
  8. Jerri,

    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I’m praying good memories will comfort you during this difficult time.

    Reply
  9. Uncle Jerry was a great Uncle.
    He was a simple man and he loved his family dearly.
    Every time I came home, he and Aunt Sandy took me to Olive Garden for dinner (my fave & my request every time) with my other Aunts & Uncles.
    I didn’t see him as often as I would’ve liked because I moved to Pennsylvania, but I cherish all the times we did get to spend together over the years.
    I have fond memories of homemade ice cream, Friday night fish dinners as a child, sleepovers with my cousins at their house, and I’m very thankful he came to my wedding.
    I will miss him forever but I will hold these & many other memories close to my heart!
    Sending Prayers, Hugs, and So much Love to my Aunt Sandy, and my cousins Scott, Jerrilyn & Joe, and their families.

    Reply
  10. Jerri,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He sounded like a wonderful man. The apple don’t fall far from the tree. You are such a beautiful person yourself. I pray you get peace and comfort through this tremendous loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

    Reply
  11. Jerri, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I didn’t know him but I know you’re wonderful and that is a reflection of your parents and upbringing. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

    Reply
  12. Jerri,
    I’m very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I hope the memories and love you shared will offer some solace. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

    Reply
  13. Jerri,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. Your dad sounds like a wonderful person. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  14. To Sandy and all the Cox family I am so sorry for your loss way too soon . Hopefully the good memories and family will help you though He liked to joke like my dad, always called me the mean kid told him I still was

    Reply
  15. Sandy,
    Praying for you and your family.

    Reply

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