Clovis's Story

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In the early morning hours of October 26, 2017, Clovis Cox, 88, of Bluefield, WV, completed his journey here on Earth to meet his Savior in Heaven.
Born in Montcoal, WV on October 2, 1929, he was a son of the late Don Lee and Velma America Cox. He was the eldest of nine children and his love for his brothers and sisters and their families was a special joy for him.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ardie Cox and wife Phyllis; brother, Lakewood Cox and wife Bettina; and brother in law, John Lawless.
Clovis attended the Conklintown and Bluefield Churches of God. His passion and enthusiasm for the trucking industry led to many successful businesses and remained with him throughout his life, particularly among them were Patsy Trucking Company, and the companies he ran with his brothers, Melvin, Lakewood and Ardie Cox. He spent much time overseeing his farms and cattle and loved to work in his gardens and deliver produce to everyone he came across. He was a kind, humble, and very generous man who never met a stranger. His charisma and his willingness to help others endeared him to all who met him. There are so many things to be said about this special man, but his wish was that things should be kept simple. He will be lovingly missed by his friends and family, but he made us strong to carry on.
Left to cherish his memory are: Daughter: Clovia Morris and husband Gregg of Princeton, WV; Granddaughter: Brandi L. Morris of Christiansburg, VA; Son: Jerry Stepp and wife Betty of Anawalt and their children, Crystal, Matthew, and Travis and their families; Brother: Melvin Cox and wife Janet of Bluewell, WV and family; Sisters: Helen Cox and family of Deland, FL, Lois Lawless and family of Bluefield, WV, Brucella Cox and family of Springville, VA, Violet Lawless and family of Waynesburg, PA, Mary and Bob Valach and family of Princeton, WV. His first wife: (Patsy) Ruth Cox of Princeton, WV and family. Longtime friends and co-worker: Elsie Justus of Green Valley, WV, Bob Smith of Blountville, TN. Extended family: Joyce Harrison, Kim and Michael Small, Britni and Dakota Pentasuglia, Ryan Small. A host of many devoted cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services and remembrances will be conducted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with Rev's James and Wanda Coe officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where Bobby Slade, Bob Smith, Elsie Justus, nephews and family will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call on Sunday from 5:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Online condolences will be accepted at www.cravens-shires.com.
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.

In closing, please remember Clovis with this poem he had cherished. It was found at his home just before his passing.

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life's been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch,

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
-Author Unknown
Published on October 27, 2017
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