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Graveside Service

Missouri Veterans Cemetery
Thursday February 17th, 2022
2:00pm - 2:30pm

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Adams Funeral Home of Nixa
Thursday February 17th, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Gary Wayne Cox

Gary Wayne Cox, the son of the late Bob Alva Cox and Alice Scroggins Cox was born August 21, 1949 and departed this life February 11, 2022 at his home in Nixa, Missouri at the age of 72 years.


Gary grew up in Ash Grove, Missouri and attended the First Baptist Church where he was baptized at the age of 12 years.


At the age of 18 Gary joined the United States army where he served his country from 1968-1971 as a medical corpsman and received several medals for his service.


Gary attended four years at Columbia University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He was military police from 1977-1978. Gary then started his career at The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in 1978 where he retired after 23 years as a corrections officer. After retiring from the Medical Center, he worked part time at 166 Auto Auction from 2000 to present day.


On February 14, 1996, he was united in marriage to June Robinett Cox.


Survivors include wife June Cox of their home; son Jason and wife Janelle Cox of Adkins, Texas; two daughters, Michelle and husband Cliff Swyers of Bois D'Arc, Missouri and Tina and husband Danny Boyd of Mount Vernon, Missouri; two step daughters, Denise Robinett of Sparta, Missouri and Karen Robinett of Springfield, Missouri; three sisters, Brenda Butler of  Springfield, Missouri, Terresa Cox of  Springfield, Missouri and Kelly Thomas of Springfield, Missouri; four brothers-in-law,  Reggie Micham of Sparta, Missouri, Emerel Micham of Nixa, Missouri, Clint Tatum of Springfield Missouri and Rex Tatum of Sparta, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; multiple nieces; nephews; and many friends.


Gary was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Bee Crawshaw and granddaughter Chondra Robinett. 


Gary was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.


 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". - John 3:16


Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Riggie Micham will officiate. 


The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 12pm -1 pm on Thursday February 17, 2022, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. 

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I have not seen Gary for years, but we had some good times in Ash Grove as teenagers. So sorry to hear about his passing and wish my deepest sympathy for his family. We had some great times either playing pool, bowling, hauling hay, or cruising main street. At that time main street in Ash Grove was packed every Saturday night. our behavior may not have been the best, but we always managed to have great fun and good times. Rest in Peace my friend.

Denny Hollis Feb 19 2022 5:25 PM

As one of Gary's immediate supervisors I always appreciated him being on any work shift that I was assigned to. His ability to tactfully and professionally deal with the most difficult of offenders was always appreciated. He made my work life easier. He was a good man in and away from work. My sincere condolences to the family.

Mickey Brown Feb 17 2022 12:19 PM

Seems like not so long ago we were sitting in study hall AGHS…Gary usually had something cool to say.. bumped into Gary at 166 Auction when I was dealing cars and AGHS reunions..we spent time together in a drafting class senior year…I was saddened to hear of his passing.. time goes fast.. am sure the family finds comfort in the Scriptures.. Rev 21:3&4..rest easy my friend.

Danny L. Morley Feb 17 2022 11:54 AM

Gary was a very good friend he taught me lot about being an officer and was a very good friend, He will be missed,
Bill Powell

Bill Powell Feb 16 2022 7:21 PM

Sorry that I will not be able to attend as I have a previous engagement. Gary and I started at the Medical Center around the same time and he was one of the best. I have run into him a few times during the last year and he always would make a point to go out of his way to stop and talk. Always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed. Sorry for your loss.

Jim Hollenberg Feb 16 2022 5:04 PM

I apologize for not being able to be there, but I wanted to let you know that I will never forget that laugh of his.

I worked with Gary at the Medical Center

It was easy to make him laugh. One day I was working the Control Room when he was #1 in the Visiting Room . A couple of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders came in to visit an inmate. While they were checking in with Gary the control#1 and I took turns getting on the intercom and saying "hey little girl, you want some candy? The cheerleaders looked around in wonderment.

Gary just hung his head. You could tell he was laughing because his shoulders were shaking. He told the girls where the voices were coming from, Ron and I were about to fall out of our chairs. To me he forever became the, "Candy Man".

Those were great days, and Great Memories. He was fun to be around!!

Randy Linton Feb 16 2022 4:30 PM

Gary loved to laugh and he loved to smile. He was always ready to help his fellow officers when the 'deuces' were dialed and it seems that was all too often. For those old enough to remember "Gentle Ben" he possessed that easy going spirit. Until we meet again in the Sweet Bye and Bye.

Bill Lewis Feb 16 2022 3:53 PM

We will miss Gary at the 166 Auction. He was a good friend and we enjoyed working with him. Our heartfelt sympathies to all of us and especially to his family.

John and Nancy Huff Feb 16 2022 6:34 AM

Gary was a great guy to work with. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family and friends

Nancy Hoagland Feb 15 2022 3:23 PM

Gary will be missed .Prayers for your family during this difficult time .
May the tears you have today give way to to happier times,laughter and precious memories .

Pamela (Dawson) Faught -Hannah Feb 15 2022 12:28 PM

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