Obituary of John N. Cox, Sr.

          COX - Rev. John N. Cox, son of Mr. Jesse and Mrs Martha Cox, was born in Horry County, S. C., January 17, 1823, was married to Miss Elizabeth C. Marlow, February 20, 1844, was licensed to exhort in 1858 and to preach in 1887 and died in great peace at his home in Columbus County, N. C., January 14, 1897. His funeral was preached January 17, 1887 on his 74th birthday, at Camp Swamp church by his pastor, Rev. J. R. Sojourner, from Psalms 37:37. Such are the dates that mark the principle epochs in the life of this beloved and local preacher. Nine children bless his marriage, four of whom died in the faith and preceded him to the better world, and five are left behind with his aged companion to mourn their irreparable loss. He was converted in his early manhood and joined the Methodist church under the ministry of Rev. D. D. Cox, and ever after adorned his profession by a meek and lowly life and godly conversation. He was a devoted husband, a kind and loving father, a faithful friend and an obliging neighbor; an excellent nurse, he administered unto the necessities of the sick and at the same time pointed them to the lamb of God. His ear was ever open to the cry of the poor and his hand quick to relieve their need. His house was always the preacher’s home and many a weary itinerant remembers the graceful courtesy of this Christian household.

          Mr. Cox was an excellent preacher, earnestly and, at times, eloquently warning sinners and pointing them to the Lamb; being specially gifted in prayer and when he “had liberty,” as was often the case, “heaven came down–our souls to greet and glory crowned the mercy seat.” In times of revival, “Uncle John” was in great demand and many jewels did he win for his crown. He often expressed the wish that his counsels, songs, and prayers might sink deep down in the hearts of sinners and, after his death spring up and redound to God’s glory. Thus, faithfully fulfilling every obligations, he lived loving and beloved. He was a great sufferer from heart trouble all his life. His health began to fail in April, 1896, and from that time until his death he scarcely knew an easy moment, but he bore his sufferings patiently, no murmur escaping his lips, he completely submitted his will to God’s, thus exemplifying by his life the sanctification, he professed. Too weak for a long time to pray in his family or praise God aloud, his prayer to God was for strength to do so. On January 3rd, after a severe paroxysm of pain, when every breathe was a gasp and apparently the last, God in answer to his earnest prayer, instantly relieved him of all pain and enabled him to rise from his couch, unassisted, walk about the floor and praise God in a loud voice, and then to kneel down (something that he had not been able to do for months) and lead his family in prayer. One day his eldest, living son asked him if he desired to get well, he expressed his perfect resignation to God’s will, adding as he pointed upward, “Yonder is my home and portion fair, my treasure and my hopes are there, and my abiding home.” The day before he died when asked “how it was?” he exclaimed “Peace, peace, peace!” and later on, “Praise His holy name!” He sank into a stupor and never recovered consciousness. May his mantel fall on his numerous descendants of whom he leaves thirty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

          Rest on, dear, old friend, until the archangel’s trump shall awaken thee to glory and then reunited with all thy loved ones, may’st thou hear the welcome plaudit, “Well Done, good and faithful servant,” and receive thy reward: “A crown with peerless glories bright, which shall new luster boast, when victors wreaths and monarch’s gems, shall blend in common dust.”

                                                                           “Cousin Annie”

Epitaph of John N. Cox, Sr.

Rev John N. Cox

Born 17 JAN 1823

Died 14 JAN 1897

Servant of God,

well done

Rest from thy loved employ

The battle fought, the victory won

enter thy master’s joy