Booker Cox Jr.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Booker Cox Jr. passed away Saturday, Nov. 30 at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Blue Eye, AR where he owned and operated a cattle ranch. He was married to Carolyn Huskey on Jun. 25, 1963. A true love story, they met at church and were happily married for 50 years. A son of Booker Cox Sr. and Charlene Cox, he was born on May 13, 1934 at the family homestead in Blue Eye, AR.

Booker was a real estate broker in the Branson area for many years. He was a proud member of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors. He was highly respected in the business community and as a real estate professional he was known for his high integrity.

Booker received his private pilot's license at the age of 23 when he bought his first plane. He flew fire patrol for many years and was a member of the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Pilot's Association. He was known as an exceptional pilot and able to land his plane on a county road to visit a friend.

Booker was a civic leader and active in many organizations over the years. He was proud to be a Mason and a Shriner, and was very active in helping kids in need with the Shriner's Hospital. He personally drove several kids to the hospital in St. Louis. It was a cause very near and dear to his heart.

Booker attended Southwest Baptist College and Oklahoma State University before he went on to basic training at Fort Chaffey. He served in the Army for two years teaching telegraph operations and Ham radio using his handle W5CFC on his license plate from them on.

He was a great husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He always took time out of his day to visit a friend to say hello, and never had a bad word for anyone.

Booker is survived by his wife Carolyn Cox, of the home; two sons, Booker Cox III and his wife Dana, of Oak Grove, AR, and Todd Cox and his wife Nicole, of Lowell, AR; one sister, Ruth Beard and her husband Jim, of Neosho, MO, and nieces and nephews: Kerry McManus of Springfield, MO, Kenton Beard of Neosho, MO, Jason Huskey of Blue Eye, MO, Kyle Kaneaster of Edmond, OK, Tabitha Huskey of West Roxbury, MA, along with a host of other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Larry Kaneaster.

We appreciate the love, thoughts, and especially the prayers. A celebration of life service will be scheduled for a later date.

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