Obituary of Mary Gwin Cox

Published in the March 16, 1982 issue of the Mt. Olive Tribune

Rites held for Mary Gwin Cox

          Mrs. Mary Gwin Oliver Cox, 61 of 110 E. Jurney St. died Saturday in Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville following a brief illness. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive, with Rev. Leonard T. Wilson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

          Mrs. Cox was the wife of Zach Davis Cox and the daughter of the late Laviece Chambliss Oliver and James Francis Oliver. She was born in the Philippine Islands, where she spent her early childhood. Her father was in military service there. Mount Olive has been her permanent home since childhood, and her family was among the early founders of Mount Olive.

          Mrs. Cox was an active member of the First Methodist Church of Mount Olive, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a Red Cross volunteer for many years. She also worked in the Girl Scouts as a leader and with the Boy Scouts.

          Mrs. Cox was outgoing president of the Garden Club of Southern Wayne County, and past president of the Twentieth Century Club. She was active in the Officers Wives Club of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

          Mrs. Cox attended Meredith College. Her most recent interest was in history and genealogy. In the Daughters of the American Revolution, Carolina Patriots chapter, Mrs. Cox was immediate past Regent. In the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Thomas Wotton, Surgeon chapter, Mrs. Cox was a charter member and current president. She was state historian for the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and a member of the Dames of the Magna Charta. Mrs. Cox was a direct descendant of Thomas Wotton, one of the first English settlers in Jamestown.

          Mrs. Cox is survived by her husband; four daughters, Gwin Lee Cox of Mount Olive, Elizabeth A. Cox of Upper Marlboro, Md., Laviece C. Ward of Estes Park, Co., and Mary Wooten Smith of Wakulla; three sons, Zach Davis Cox Jr. of Louisburg, James O. Cox of Chapel Hill, and John N. Cox of Chattanooga, Tn.; a brother Thomas Wooten Oliver of Atlanta, GA.; a sister, Laviece C. Mooney of Morehead City, and six grandchildren.

Mary W. C. Smith