David L. Cox, 69 - Rockport

David L. Cox, 69, of Rockport, West Virginia, passed away at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital Monday, July 13.

He was born August 18, 1940, in Newark, Ohio, son of the late William E. Cox and Anna Elizabeth (Morehouse) Cox, the first of many children.

He served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. In his life, he worked many jobs, including being a construction worker, carpenter and laborer, Union 1085 of Parkersburg, WV. He was a member of the Trappers Association and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was deeply involved in politics and continued to support the causes he believed in, including running for the House of Delegates for many years and also dealing with small town issues in his own town, where they held an "unofficial" election of the entire community and he was voted in and dubbed the "Mayor of Rockport" for many years.

He once was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed taking fishing trips with his friends. He was well known for his huge cook-outs with friends, family and relatives coming in from Ohio and elsewhere that sometimes lasted for days. One of his favorite activities was attending the Rockport auctions, which he did for many years until his health prevented him from doing so.

He is survived by his loving mother and his devoted wife of 47 years, Sandra J. (Ash) Cox; children, Sandra Landis of Parkersburg, Theresa Marks of Elizabeth, David L. Cox II of Coolville, Anita Enoch of Elizabeth, Melinda Ashby of Elizabeth and Nettie Lynch of Elizabeth; 17 grandchildren and soon to be 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Bill (June) Cox, John Cox and Mark (Mary) Cox; sisters, Mary (Alex) Gesiorski, Virginia (Ordene) Wickliff, Hilda (Joe) Schimph, Judy Allen, Suzie (Leroy) White and Betty Blackford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was loved and respected by many and will leave behind many loved ones and friends including, 3 very special lifelong friends, Howard Ayers, Martin Starcher and Tony Parsons.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Everett "Bub" Cox; sisters, Anna Sheppard and Patty Cox and infant sisters, Bonnie and Anna Francis.

Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth with the Rev. Dale Cunningham officiating. He will be laid to rest at Big Tygart Cemetery with his father and brother.

Visitation will be at the funeral home, Friday, July 16 from 2 to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.