He was born on June 13, 1942, to Eugene and Violet Cox. He was born in Athens and resided in Port St. Lucie, Fla., as well as in Cleveland.
He received his bachelor of science in history with a minor in English from Bryan College in 1964 and continued his education by obtaining his master’s in education from Middle Tennessee State in 1968. He was an educator in Tennessee for 31 years. He served as a teacher at McMinn County High School, a Cleveland State Community College administrator, and assistant principal and principal for various schools in the Cleveland City Schools system.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Athens and Cleveland, as well as Westside Baptist in Fort Pierce, Fla., serving as a Sunday school teacher, also.
He was a member of Studebaker Driver’s Cub and various educational organizations. He was an avid reader, owner of antique cars, and a sports fan. He enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball because of his tall 6-foot-4 frame, and supported the Tennessee Vols, win or lose. Above all of these things, the joy of his life were his grandchildren Anna Kate and Knox Porter Beane.
In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald E. Cox.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 48 years, Beth; daughter, Janelle Beane (Jonathan) of Greenville, Miss., Jeremy Cox (LeeAnn) of Nashville; sister, Ellen Conrad of Athens ; and two grandchildren: Anna Kate and Knox Porter Beane.
The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Sunday March 10, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. A funeral will follow the visitation at 4 p.m.
Interment will follow the service at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Bible Society at P.O. Box 96812, Washington DC 20090-6812.
You are invited to share your condolences with Les’s family at his online memorial located at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the Cox family with these arrangements.