BELLE PLAINE NEWS Thurs. Apr. 1, 1948
Joseph Samuel Cox was born February 2, 1863, at Decatur, Illinois. He lost his hearing at the age of three, due to scarlet fever. He passed away at his home at 1007 Lulu in Wichita, Friday March 26,1948, at the age of 85 years.
When a child he moved with his parents to Kansas. They located on a farm near Belle Plaine. He attended the School for the Deaf at Olathe, Kansas, and on February 15, 1885, he was united in marriage with Sara Bertha Banks. they settled on a farm in Sumner County, where they lived until 1917, when they moved to Wichita. His wife passed away two years ago.
To this union seven children were born; two preceded him in death. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Earl Drummond, 705 East Fifty-seventh South; Mrs. George Hatfield, 2118 Mesita; Mrs Elizabeth (Babe) Kelley, 1007 Lulu, all of Wichita, and two sisters, Mrs. Laura Barner and Mrs. Mert Fisher, both of Belle Plaine; and six grand-children, and eight great-grand-children, and a host of relatives and friends.
He was a member of the Methodist church.
Funeral service was held at the Hatfield Funeral Home Sunday, March 28 at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. C.J. Kirk officiating. Mrs. Alva Moffitt sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Going Home." Mrs. Neal Smith was at the piano.
Casket bearers were grandsons of the deceased. Interment took place at the Belle Plaine cemetery with the Hatfield Mortuary in charge.
Submitted by Nancy Willis