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February 3, 2013

Hershel “Ray” Cox

BLUEFIELD — Hershel “Ray” Cox, 61, of 453 Jonah Ave., Bluefield, W.Va. (Holly Hill Estates), passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.  

Mr. Cox was born March 27, 1951 to Betty Kelly Peak of Bluefield, Va. and the late Hershel Cox.

He had been a resident of Bluefield for the past 13 years and was formerly of Green Valley. Hershel was a charter member of the Maple View Church of Christ and a devoted 35-year member of the Bluefield Moose Lodge where he held the office of Governor, Jr. Governor and Prelate.

In his early years, he worked for Mustard Equipment Service and Southwest Supply. Later he became self-employed in the fire extinguisher business and produce business. For many years he was known at local flea markets as “Tomato Man”.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 44 years: Susan Mullins Cox of the home; three sons of whom he was so very proud: Mike Cox and wife Karen of Fincastle, Va., Steve Cox and Tina of Bluefield, Matt Cox and Heather of Bluefield; three grandsons: Justin and Jordan Cox of Fincastle, Va., Christopher Wilson of Morgantown, W.Va.; three granddaughters: Alyssa Wilson of Romney, W.Va., Haley and BreAnna Cox of Bluefield; two step-grandchildren: Brandon Cunningham of Bluefield and Jaylan Christian of Bluefield; one brother: David Haynes of Bluefield. He also leaves behind many special friends including The Burkhart family and employees of Green Valley Excavating.  

Funeral service will be held on Monday, February 04, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home with Minister Tony Reed officiating the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, W.Va. where Justin Cox, Jordan Cox, Christopher Wilson, Brandon Cunningham, Grant Blackburn and Philip Mullins will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers Ronnie Mullins and Steve Burkhart.

Friends and family may call at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home on Sunday, February 03, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Online condolences can be sent to the Cox family at www.cravens-shires.com

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road, Bluefield, W.Va. is serving the Cox family.

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