Ira McAllister Cox, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in a Chattanooga hospital.
He was a former member of the Lee Atchley Rescue Squad. He was a member of the Bradley County Rescue for 50 years. He served as a reserve officer in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Reserve in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department. He was a constable of the 5th District for 14 years. He was a member of the Tennessee Constables Association and was a former member of the Cleveland Fire Department.
He was a scoutmaster with the Boys Scouts of America. He was also a founding adviser of the Bradley County Rescue Explorer Post No. 2240. He was the former chapter director of the GWRRA.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd W. Cox.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia “Jenny” Cox of Cleveland; mother, Bonnie Cox of Cleveland; children: Patti Cox of Sacramento, Calif., David Cox of Livingston, Jody Patterson, Linda Smith, Lisa Hall, Johnny Patterson, Mike Patterson and Ronald Dale, all of Cleveland; grandchildren: Michael Cox, Brandon Cox, Dree Anna Cox, Kayleigh Cox, Curt Cox, Lana Patterson, Jody Patterson, Chris Smith, Jason Smith, Dale Murray, Whitney Patterson and Haley Patterson; several great-grandchildren; four sisters: Jean Pierce and husband, Billy, Faye Dunn and Paulette Westmoreland, all of Cleveland, and Carol Boone of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the original First Baptist Church on Church Street with Rep. Eric Watson and the Rev. Bill Griffith officiating.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Crandall, Ga. Members of the Emergency Services Agencies in the Southeast Tennessee Region will serve as pallbearers.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the original First Baptist Church on Church Street.
The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Cox family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.