Douglas Bernard Cox, 67, departed this earthly life on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Columbia VA Health Care System, Columbia. Born on January 1, 1953 to Thelma W. Miner and the late Tyrone Eichelberger, Sr. in Jacksonboro. On January 3, 1975, he married his childhood sweetheart, Denise J. Blackwell and they enjoyed 46 years of blissful marriage. To this union a son, Derrick L. Cox was born. Douglas graduated from Colleton High School, Walterboro, Class of 1969. He pursued a military career and joined the United States Air Force where he served a total of 44 years before he was honorably discharged. He also served in the Air Force Reserve being deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey. Douglas worked in the Banking Industry on Wall Street in New York. Education being an important goal for him. Douglas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. He didn’t stop there, he went on to receive his Master of Arts degree from Monroe College, Bronx, NY. Douglas loved all subjects, especially Science, History, Philosophy and was an avid reader. He loved to play chess and debate, never deferring to his opponent, he had to win. He also loved all sports especially basketball and football. He enjoyed gardening and fishing and was an excellent grill master at family cookouts. Douglas leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Denise; his son, Derrick; his mother, Thelma Miner; sisters, Edna W. Crute (Samuel), Yvonne Wigfall (Rick), Arnold Wigfall, Renee Wigfall; special aunt, Rose Sanders; special cousins, Kenneth E. Sanders (Barbara), James V. Cox, Sr.; his mother-in-law, Juanita Blackwell; sisters-in-law, Diane, Norma and Donna; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1329 Crowndale Drive, Sumter. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a. m. Monday, February 10, 2020 from the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, USA, 907 Legare Street, Sumter, with Pastor Elijah Washington, pastor, eulogist, and the Reverend Mary Hagan, assisting. The Remains will be placed in the church at 9:30 a. m. The funeral procession will leave the home at 8:50 a. m. Interment will follow in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia.
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