1981 Christmas Letter


Mt. Olive, NC 28365


Dear Hearts & Gentle People,


          Thank you! Most grateful thanks for your Christmas Cards, and especially for our Christmas Letters. The letters are among our favorite forms of communication. Please keep them coming.


          This being said, herewith is Vol. I, No. 1 of the Mary Gwin & Zach Cox Annual Letter.


WHERE ARE THEY? DOING WHAT?

Our children;
 
Gwin Lee Cox ........... Sec’y, Cox Bros,            Mt. Olive, NC, 
Betsy Cox Williams ..... Chemist, FDA,               Wash., DC
Laviece Cox Ward ....... English Instr. Univ. Colo,  Boulder, Col
Zach Cox, Jr. .......... Math Instr.,                Louisburg College
James Cox .............. F.P.G. Child Devel. Center, UNC-CH
Mary W. Cox Smith ...... P.S. teacher,               Red Springs, NC
John N. Cox ............ Chem. Eng. (fuels) TVA,     Chattanooga, TN


Our grand-children;
Ricky Ward ............. (16),
Vanessa Hoskins ........ (13),
B.C. Smith IV .......... (11),
Virginia Cox ........... (5),
James O Smith .......... (3),
Anna Wilkins Cox ....... (3 mos.)


EVENTS

John Cox &aJohn Cox & Clare Johnston were wedded, Reisterstown, MD. . . .
Mary Gwin gets a new Buick Diesel . . .
A splendid trip to Oak Ridge, TN, for Bill & Nancy Fisher’s daughter’s wedding. Aunt Eileen McWhorter was the best traveling companion one could wish for . . .
Week at Atlantic Beach for families of J. F. Oliver children, Mary Gwin, Tommy, and Laviece - - most enjoyable.


WE WELCOME NEW ARRIVALS

Grand-daughter Anna Wilkins Cox (Evelyn & Zach)

Great-grandniece, Hannah Leighton Cox (Pam & Leighton Cox)

Great-grandnephew, Stephen Hookway (Ray & Kathy Cox Hookway)

Cousin, Rachel Gage (Robbie and Amy Cox Gage)


WE ARE PROUD:

of John Needham Cox who graduated Magna Cum Laude, Chemical Engineering, N. C. State Univ., Raleigh, NC.


WE SALUTE WITH ADMIRATION:

Aunt Everett Smoot Cox, a great lady, fiercely independent, self-reliant and courageous when faced with adversity. (A finger smashed in a car door, a broken bone, and 11 stitches.) . . .And her lovely daughter, Dickie Cox Brown. After suffering a broke hip and wrist, she graded papers in her hospital bed and returned to teaching one week after coming home - - teaching in a wheel chair!!! . . . And Ted cox who broke her ankle and never told a soul.



WE DEEPLY REGRET:

The death of cousin Florence Small Ross, Lynchburg, VA.

The death of niece Anne Oliver Akins, Atlanta, GA

May Merciful God grant their loved ones peace and consolation.


OUR HEALTH AND ACTIVITIES:

ZACH, DAWACBE (translati (translation by M.G.C., doing as well as can be expected.) Spent most of July in hospital. Doctors say little beyond, “Hm - m - m - -.” Closed mouthed as clams. One message loud & clear, “LOSE WEIGHT, AVOID TENSION, STRESS . . . AND SALT. TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.” Semi-retired now. Goes downtown to Cox Bros only once or twice a week. In 1981 was reelected to Board of Directors, Mt. Olive Pickle Co, and N.C. Wholesalers Assn. Refused two other nominations.


MARY GWIN: Fainting spells less frequent & less severe. Smokes too much. Weighs too much. President, Garden Club; Substitute teacher, Sunday School Class; Immediate Past Regent, local NSDAR; President, local chapter C. D. XVII Century, and State Historian. Biggest job; putting up with semi-retired husband who is always under foot.


With love & best wishes,an>


Zach D. Cox Mary Gwin


contributed by Helen Douglas McWhorter

BACK