James M. Cox Jr.

CENTRALIA — James M. Cox Jr., 75, of Centralia, formerly of Chicago, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born November 19, 1942, in Chicago, the son of James Cox Sr. and Lynn (Nye) Cox. He married Cecilia Wilson March 16, 1995, and she preceded him in death in 2004.

He is survived by two step-sons: Joseph Ferguson and wife Kytina and Duane Ferguson and wife Jeanne, two cousins: Douglas Gormann and wife Robin of Centralia and Butch Gormann of Centralia, and a special friends: Connie Hoover and son Curtis Hoover.

James was preceded in death by his parents: James Cox Sr. and Lynn Cox and wife: Cecilia Cox.

A Graveside Service for James M. Cox Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia with Pastor Steve Upchurch officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Centralia Humane Society and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home which is assisting Mr. Cox’s family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com.