In Loving Memory of

Roger Lawrence Cox


Roger Lawrence Cox

January 5th, 1933 – September 30th, 2021

Roger Lawrence Cox, age 88, of Gainesville FL, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, on September 30th, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.

Roger was born January 5th, 1933 in Miami, Florida to Harold Philip Cox and Effie Mae Hinson Cox. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and went on to work for RCA, Unisys, and IBM throughout his career, focusing on computer development. Roger was an active member and past president of the Gainesville chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He loved woodworking and was a longtime member of the Gator Whittlers carving club. He was active in the Methodist Church over many years, teaching youth and adult Sunday School and doing mission work. He was affectionately known as the “PopPop of the playground”, when picking up his granddaughters after school.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marion Reasner Cox, and his daughter, Linda Cox Eckenrode (Howard W. Eckenrode), and was predeceased by his son, Lawrence A. Cox (Diane Cox Wilson of Omaha, NE). He leaves behind two granddaughters, Jennifer Ebbeling Singleton (G. Matthew Singleton), and Kristin L. Ebbeling, who were the joy of his life! He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Mae Cox Pipkin, of Towson, MD, as well as many nieces and nephews, and other extended family members and friends who are like family.

Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home. The family and friends will gather at the Forest Meadows Cemetery – Central Chapel from 2-3 PM on Friday, October 8, 2021 and the funeral service will be held at 3 PM. Burial will follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery – Central. 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL

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14 Responses

  1. Lee McLeod at · Reply

    I have many wonderful memories of Roger. He was a part of our family for many years and we shared years and years if holiday celebrations. He was well loved and will be missed.

    1. Lin at · Reply

      Lee, thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, I have wonderful memories of those family gatherings, and my dad always enjoyed them so much!

  2. Jean Evans at · Reply

    Roger was a greatly loved and respected member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was always devoted to his own family as well as his church family. Roger touched many lives with his calm, quiet loving manner.
    With deepest sympathy and much love,
    Jean Evans ???? ????

  3. Randal L Highsmith at · Reply

    On behalf of the Gainesville FL Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and personally we extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. Roger has been a key part of our group for so long and we will miss his wisdom, input and fellowship.

    Randy Highsmith,
    Secretary Treasurer
    Gainesville Florida Chapter The Sons of the American Revolution.

    1. Linda Eckenrode at · Reply

      Randal, Thank you so much for those kind words! SARS and the people there were a very important part of my fathers life and that will always be special to our family!

  4. Jamie Betz at · Reply

    So sorry for his passing. We shared a pew for many years. “There’s a sweet,sweet spirit in this place!” I’ll miss you my friend as well as miss your funeral???? peace be with you and your family

  5. James Harvey at · Reply

    Roger will be missed by the carving group at the Senior Center! He brought knowledge, skill and friendship to be shared with one and all. I never heard him say anything but encouragement for us carvers individually and as a group. We lost a teacher, friend and true gentleman. Rest in Peace my friend!

  6. Donna Dixon at · Reply

    Mr Cox was such a sweet and talented man. May God bless his beautiful family.

    1. Linda Eckenrode at · Reply

      Thanks Donna, and thank you for all you care of my parents!

  7. Natasha Viranovskaya- neighbor at · Reply

    Dear Linda,

    Please, accept my deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father.

    1. Linda at · Reply

      Thanks Natasha! Miss you!

  8. Natasha Viranovskaya-neighbor at · Reply

    Dear Linda, please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father.

  9. Peg and John Pierce at · Reply

    Rog and Marion Cox were our best friends as
    newlyweds. Rog was our Best Man in our wedding.
    We lived our lives often together, first as neighbors in the same apartments, then in Cherry Hill, NJ, and
    finally in Massachusetts until RCA’s computer
    division failed and the Cox family moved down to Roger’s roots in Florida.
    Rog was a kind man who loved his whole family with
    all his heart. When they lost their son to a drunk driver, there was no bitterness, just trust in God to
    see them through. Our lives as a young couple were
    made full and happy because of these wonderful
    Cox’s. Roger was a very gracious, good man!

    1. Linda Eckenrode at · Reply

      Peg and John, Life long friendship like that are priceless! I am so glad you were such a special part of his life all these years! Thanks for sharing those kind words!

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