When Marty Cox didn't make the little league team as a child, his father, Gordon Cox, decided it was time to form a clinic.
"It gave me, his son, and a lot of other boys the opportunity to play when they wouldn't otherwise be playing at all," Marty Cox said. "He was always looking out for the less fortunate ones."
Gordon Cox, 73, of North Augusta, died Friday. During his life, he spent most of his time helping other people.
Originally from Marion, Ill., Mr. Cox was sent to Fort Gordon during his stint in the Army. He graduated from the University of Southern Illinois with a business degree.
He would spend the next 49 years seeing the best in the people he encountered.
The volunteer work he did in North Augusta and throughout Aiken County was extensive. It even earned him a day in North Augusta's history.
The city wrote a proclamation naming June 8, 1999, Gordon Cox Day to recognize his service to the community, especially with the Red Cross. He served as the area's coordinator of the Red Cross Bloodmobile for 33 years.
A retired computer systems analyst for Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Mr. Cox very seldom did anything that would directly compensate him, his eldest son said.
"He gave his time freely," Marty Cox said.
Mr. Cox is remembered by his only daughter, Carol Attaway, as strict, but in the right way.
"He wanted to see us turn out right and so he expected the right behavior from us, even down to his grandchildren," she said.
Mr. Cox has 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
All called him "Opa," the German word for grandfather, after Marty Cox married a German woman and was the first to give Mr. Cox a grandchild.
"There was respect for Opa," Ms. Attaway said.
Mr. Cox supported his children in every endeavor, said Craig Cox.
"He always stood behind us kids in whatever we wanted to do," Craig Cox said. "But what stood out with Dad was his service. It didn't matter how menial the task he was willing to do it."
He was a man who enjoyed being a servant and didn't want the glory. Yet his recognition and awards make a long list.
The funeral for Mr. Cox will be at 11 a.m. Mondayat Grace United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Ms. Attaway said her father's faith was the most evident during the last week, when he knew he wasn't going to live.
"He told us he knew where he was going," she said.
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