Obituary of Elizabeth C. Marlow Cox

          COX - Elizabeth C. [Marlow] Cox was born in Columbus County, N. C., April 1, 1821, was married to Rev. John N. Cox February 20, 1844, and died August 3, 1899.

          Sister Cox was converted early in life and has ever been a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus. She was loyal to the church and no sacrifice was too great for the furtherance of her Master’s kingdom. During the last 14 years of life she was a constant sufferer and during the last two years her suffering was most excruciating, but her affliction only drew her closer to the Saviour. Frequently during the terrible paroxysms of pain she would lift her voice in shouts of praise to God that it would not last always and that she would soon be at rest. Oft’ times someone would be attracted by a noise in her room when she had been left alone, and in going to see what was the matter, would find her shouting the praises of God. Almost her last utterance was “Glory be to God on high!” She earnestly exhorted everyone to live right and prepare to meet God. The devotion of her children during her long and serious illness was simply beautiful. She lacked no attention in their power to give. There are two sons and two daughters, and they were united in seeing that every attention was given–not only her necessities, but each seemed eager to anticipate her slightest wish–a drink of cool water, moving her chair, a more comfortable position, etc. Would that such devotion to parents were more common. The family is broken her may it be unbroken in the home above. It was my privilege to visit Sister Cox a number of times during her illness. I have never before witnessed such patience and resignation in such affliction. The value of such a consecrated life and such a triumphant death cannot be estimated. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, * * Their words do follow them.”

N. L. Wiggins.

Epitaph of Elizabeth C. Marlow Cox

Sacred in memory of

Elizabeth C. Cox

wife of

Rev. John N. Cox

Born 1 Apr 1821

Died 3 Aug 1899

Aged 78 ys 4 ms 2ds

Soldier of Christ well done

Praise be thy new employ

And while eternal ages pass

Rest in thy Savior’s joy